Summer-style weather to continue

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia vacationers traveling to Myrtle Beach this week actually left behind warmer weather at home.

“We’re stuck in a very weak, sluggish wind pattern,” said meteorologist Ken Batty of the National Weather Service. “Folks heading down to the beaches in the Carolinas are not having as nice a weather conditions as we’re having up here in the Mountain State.”

The unusual weather pattern has given West Virginia a taste of summer in the heart of spring.

“Our dew points have been the 50s to 60,” Batty said. “That allows temperatures to cool off more rapidly in the evening.”

High temperatures around the state have been summer-like. Yeager Airport recorded 90 degrees this week for the first time in 2015. Elkins had consistent highs in the upper 80s this week, which Batty called unusual for early May in the Tygart River valley.

Still, he didn’t think record highs would be in jeopardy even headed into a warm weekend.

“A lot of the records were set in the Dust Bowl era of the ’30s and it gets pretty hard to beat some of them,” he said. “But yesterday, Elkins tied a record at 85 in the Tygart River Valley.”

West Virginia is presently situated between a storm off the east coast and an unsettled pattern, which has brought violent thunderstorms and tornadoes to the mid-west, Batty said, and sluggish wind activity has left the state in the middle. Cooler, more typical temperatures are expected by Tuesday or Wednesday with highs in the 70s and an increased chance for rain.

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