CHARLESTON, W.Va. — We’re less than two weeks away from the calendar start of autumn and meteorological fall began back on Sept. 1, but it doesn’t feel that way this week in West Virginia.
On Tuesday, temperatures were expected to top out in the mid-90s in some areas, what could be the hottest day in a stretch of warm days for the second week of September.
“Our average high for this time of year is about 80 degrees,” said John Peck, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Charleston.
It was not technically a heat wave, according to Peck.
“We’re not reaching that criteria where the high temperatures become a significant concern because our humidities are relatively low,” he explained.
“We just have a really strong ridge of high pressure building over the southeast United States. It’s not related to (Hurricane) Dorian. It just occurred after Dorian.”
Isolated to scattered showers and storms were possible each day this week ahead of a cold front passing Friday night bringing only slightly cooler temperatures for the weekend.
As for what’s after that, “It looks like it’s going to stay pretty warm through the foreseeable future,” Peck said.
On the calendar, fall officially begins on Sept. 23.