Wednesday, August 25, 2010
New Temperature Record At RIC
Tuesday's high temperature of 77 degrees broke a string of consecutive days with high temperatures of 80 degrees or hotter. Up until yesterday, there were 90 days in a row with high temperatures warmer than 80 degrees in Richmond. This marks the second longest stretch of 80-degree days on record, with 2005 still holding onto the top spot with 95 days. That streak ended September 23, 2005. Record-keeping of this kind goes back to 1897. Richmond was able to have such a "cool" day Tuesday because of an upper-level low pressure system parked right over the Commonwealth generating mostly cloudy skies and a north to northeast wind. This upper system will weaken and begin drifting east away from Virginia Wednesday, allowing for more sunshine and a return of high temperatures in the low to mid 80s.