Thunderstorm

Thunderstorm

As the sun set on a hot day a large thunderstorm makes it way over downtown Norfolk, Virginia, July 14, 2017.

Our two-day tease of spring will come to an end this evening and it could do so in nasty fashion.

Temperatures in the region are expected to climb into the upper 70s this afternoon, with the possibility of hitting the 80-degree mark, the National Weather Service posted in its morning briefing.

All that changes as a cold front pushes off the coast tonight, dropping weekend temperatures to more seasonal numbers in the mid 50s.

Thunderstorms are possible as the front passes, but the chance of severe weather is only moderate, the weather service said.

Winds will increase as the day goes on, with gusts up to 30 mph out of the south-southwest. Winds could be much stronger in isolated thunderstorms. The weather service has issued a small craft advisory for the Chesapeake Bay and immediate coast, and gale force warnings offshore.

Forecasters are calling for a fast-moving storm system that will drop up to two-tenths of an inch of rain throughout the region, with more possible in areas experiencing stronger storms.

Lee Tolliver, 757-222-5844, lee.tolliver@pilotonline.com

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