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Independence , VA

Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 6:55AM

Still Warm....Maybe a PM Shower

With the official start of Fall fast approaching, we see no fall-like temperatures in the foreseeable future as unseasonably warm temperatures will continue. Weak energy moving in from the west combined with some low level moisture may be just enough to spark off an isolated shower or two both today and tomorrow afternoons. The weekend will be fantastic with plenty of sun and warm afternoon temperatures.

The big weather news today is Maria pummeling Puerto Rico. See the Forecast Discussion Section for details on Jose and Maria.

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Wednesday

Hi: 79 Lo: 58

Partly sunny; Patchy AM fog; An isolated PM shower; Warm; NW wind 5-10 mph
Thursday

Hi: 79 Lo: 57

Partly sunny; Rouge PM shower possible; Remaining unseasonably warm; Light North wind
Friday

Hi: 80 Lo: 58

Scattered clouds; Still warm; Light wind
Saturday

Hi: 80 Lo: 58

A good deal of sunshine; Warm
Sunday

Hi: 79 Lo: 57

Sunny skies; Pleasant and warm

Further Out

Monday - Afternoon scattered clouds from Maria; Continued pleasant and warm; High in the upper 70s; Low in the upper 50s
Tuesday - Scattered clouds from Maria; Dry and pleasantly warm; High in the upper 70s; Low in the upper 50s

Forecast Discussion

The forecast discussion is starting to sound like a broken record. Warm temperatures continue today with an isolated shower possible as a weak disturbance moves through the region. Tomorrow's forecast will be a carbon copy of today's...more warmth and another isolated shower opportunity.

High pressure builds in Friday both at the surface and aloft. This eliminates any shower chances but keeps the unseasonably warm temperatures with us through the weekend. Bottom line the weekend will be fantastic with plenty of sun.

As we start the new week off on Monday, we will be sandwiched between tropical systems off the coast and an approaching front from the west. Dry and warm temperatures will remain with perhaps some scattered clouds from Maria moving in from the east.

In the tropics...Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico this morning as a Category 4 storm. The damage left by Irma on top of the ongoing economic crisis in the Commonwealth already leaves Puerto Rico vulnerable. Maria will be truly terrible. The island will need help recovering for years. It emerges from Puerto Rico a somewhat weaker storm and heads northeast. It will be east of Hatteras by the first of next week. We think it will remain off the U.S. Coast at this point, then bolt NE by the middle of next week. Tropical Storm Jose is still wandering around off the coast of Cape Cod. It doesn't move much over the next several days then fades off the map.

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