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Typical late summer heat and humidity will be with us for the first half of the week.  Afternoon highs will average close to 90° and overnight lows will be in the upper 60s and low 70s.  If you’re heading down to the beach, an isolated afternoon shower or thunderstorm is possible. There will also be a few scattered showers or thunderstorms over the higher terrain of western Virginia tomorrow, with rain chances increasing across the rest of the area by midweek.  We may see a shower or thunderstorm on Wednesday ahead of a cold front that will move through the region on Thursday.  That will bring us our best shot at a few showers and thunderstorms on Thursday.

Cooler and less humid air will follow the front to begin the long Labor Day weekend.  Highs will average in the low and mid 80s, with overnight lows in the upper 50s and low 60s.  As of now, most if not all of the Labor Day weekend looks dry.  However, we’ll be keeping an eye on the tropics just in case.  That would be the wild card at this point.

Speaking of the tropics, Tropical Depression #8 is now just 140 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras. This system should become a tropical storm over the next 24 hours as wind shear decreases a bit. The forecast track brings the system somewhat close to the North Carolina coast on Tuesday, with a sharp right turn back into the open waters of the Atlantic before reaching the shore. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Oregon Inlet to Cape Lookout, NC. In terms of impacts, there will be some high surf and a threat of rip currents along the NC/VA coasts and a few bands of showers that could reach as far north as Virginia Beach. There should be no impact to Richmond & central Virginia.

Tropical Depression #9 is now located 170 miles WSW of Key West, FL. It is expected to become a tropical storm later tonight or early Tuesday.  While it’s currently moving west, the storm should turn north and then northeast, potentially reaching the west coast of Florida on Thursday. This system is likely to have at least some impact on the southeast U.S. and definitely bears watching in case of any significant changes.

The next two names for storms are Hermine and Ian, so TD #8 and TD #9 may take these names. Meanwhile, Gaston is over the central Atlantic and will continue tracking away from Bermuda (and the U.S.) the next several days. And we still have another tropical wave that is poised to move off the west coast of Africa later tonight, with some development likely later this week.

You can get all the details on the tropics in the CBS 6 Hurricane Tracker.

Have a great Tuesday, and Stay With CBS 6, The Weather Authority.
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