Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Record Heat

The satellite image this morning of the Atlantic east of North Carolina shows low pressure developing. As a result, high waves and surf are pounding the southeast coast today.

The heat is on in southern Quebec today. Temperatures will soar into the 30's, with a heat index pushing over 37C or 100F in both Montreal and Ottawa. The record high for Montreal today was 30.7C set in 2007, so it may fall. Skies will be hazy and the heat should last into the end of the week before a backdoor cold front cools off the region.

Here on the Outer Banks, low pressure continues to develop in the Bahamas and move very slowly towards the Carolina coast. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring the system, but the feeling is it will not reach tropical storm status at this time. Despite the lack of tropical characteristics, the surf continues to pound the coast this morning with rip currents and some beach erosion. A High Surf Advisory is in effect for coastal Dare and Hyde Counties through Wednesday. Seas along the beach are running 2-3 feet this morning and will increase 4-7 feet this afternoon. Winds are also on the increase out of the northeast between 15-25 mph.

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