The National Weather Service in Wakefield issued a special weather statement Friday for Virginia Beach and other areas, citing increased fire danger.
“High pressure over the area will move offshore today as a strong cold front approaches the area,” according to the statement. “ This will allow a south to southwest wind to increase to around 15 mph with gusts of 25 to 30 mph.”
Meteorologist said high temperatures Friday is expected to be in the lower 70s, “with relative humidity values dropping to around 25 to 30 percent.
The combination “of warm temperatures, a gusty wind, and low relative humidity values will pose an increase fire danger” Friday.
A cold front is expected to move through the region Saturday. Rain is expected in the morning, but there’s a potential of it mixing with or changing to sleet and snow late Saturday afternoon and evening. The possible mixed precipitation ends by midnight, according to the forecast.
Saturday calls for a high of 53 degrees, with overnight lows in the lower to mid-30s.
Then it’s back to sunshine Sunday, but only with a forecast high of 50 degrees, and lows in the upper 30s.