Here’s why you’ll want to be on the beach this weekend

Virginia Beach Oceanfront. (Southside Daily file photo)
Virginia Beach Oceanfront. (Southside Daily file photo)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The National Weather Service in Wakefield is forecasting an above-normal string of high temperatures through the Memorial Day weekend and well into next week.

Temperatures are expected to climb up to mid- to upper-80s all weekend with the heat index reaching nearly 100 degrees on Sunday, said Jeff Orrock, a meteorologist for the national Weather Service.

An eastern wind coming off the ocean will make Saturday slightly cooler to about 80 degrees.

The ocean breeze makes the beach the coolest place to be this long weekend, but Orrock notes beachgoers should always check the forecast before heading into the water.

“When we see eastern winds, we’ll be watching for a possible increase in rip currents,” he said.

Orrock forecasts no chance of showers on the Southside and said to expect this string of heat to last up through next Thursday.

“For this time of year, to have this long of a spell of hot temperatures, we’re definitely outside the norm,” he said.

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