August warmest on record, meteorologist says

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If August felt hot, that's because it was.

Last month was the warmest August recorded in Williamsburg, according to Lyle Alexander, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The service keeps records dating back to 1950.

"August was a warm month," Alexander said of the Williamsburg weather. "It was well above normal."

Williamsburg averaged 81 degrees last month, according to National Weather Service data. Alexander said the usual temperature for August is around 78 degrees.

As far as August goes, 2010 was the next warmest on record, followed by 2005, the meteorologist said.

According to AccuWeather, the high temperature in Williamsburg was above 90 degrees on 27 of August's 31 days.

Thermometers peaked 100 degrees twice, and overnight low temperatures dropped below 70 degrees just twice during the month.

Other Virginia cities also endured a warmer than usual August. Richmond had its sixth hottest August, and Norfolk its second hottest, according to the weather service.

Harold Baker, who manages Williamsburg's Kingswood Pool, couldn't speak to whether the heat affected his business directly.

"It's hard to tell," he said. "When the swim team and lessons end in July, everybody clears out. They're on the Outer Banks and stuff."

August was not only warm, but it was drier than usual, too. Williamsburg received between two and three inches of rain, which Alexander said was below normal. An ordinary August, he said, brings in between four and five inches of rain.

Norfolk saw a 4.75 inches of August rain; Richmond saw just half an inch, according to Alexander.

"There was a really heavy rainfall on the coast," Alexander said. "There was quite a bit of rain in some of the outermost cities."

Wright can be reached by phone at 757-345 2343.

Monday: Labor Day should be sunny, and there is no rain in the forecast. High of 84, low of 68.

Source: National Weather Service.

Rain to come

Tropical Storm Hermine was expected to lash Hampton Roads and the Historic Triangle Friday evening into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Tropical storm and flash flood warnings are in effect through Saturday.

Sustained winds of up to 35 mph are expected overnight Friday with gusts as strong as 50 mph. Two to four inches of rain are expected to fall on coastal Virginia through Saturday, which could cause some localized flooding, according to the National Weather Service. Larger amounts of rain is expected to fall in eastern North Carolina.

Here is a forecast for the remainder of the weekend:

Saturday: There's a significant chance of rain tomorrow, and it'll be windy. Tropical storm conditions are possible all day. High of 77, low of 64.

Sunday: There's a 30 percent chance of showers, and the weather doesn't look quite as potentially volatile. High of 77, low of 66.

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