From the ABC 7 Weather team

Beach & Boating Forecast: From Atlantic City to the Outer Banks

July 5, 2012 - 07:45 PM
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Looking for some relief from this weekend's record breaking heat?  Find out what you'll have to look out for at the area beaches.

With record breaking temperatures possible for the first full weekend in July, you may be thinking of heading close to the water for some relief. 

Temperatures will be a few degrees cooler by the water, but that doesn't really mean much when highs will still be in the mid to upper 90s with heat indices into the low 100s.  Water temperatures are now in the mid to upper 70s along the MidAtlantic coast, so it will probably feel quite refreshing with high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s.  Winds on Saturday will be out of the West between 5-15 mph, but then Sunday winds will turn to the Northeast.  A front will drop down from the South on Sunday, which could trigger storms for beaches from Atlantic City to Virginia Beach.  Some storms could be on the strong to severe side with so much daytime heat and humidity. 

Weekend Beach Forecast - Atlantic City to the Outer Banks

If you're heading to any beaches around the Chesapeake Bay, we'll continue to monitor storms possible on Sunday.  Otherwise temperatures will be in the upper 90s to near 100 degrees with a general West wind on Saturday and a more Northeasterly flow on Sunday.  Temperatures will be a few degrees lower on Sunday, but highs will still be in the 90s.  Also, remember heat index values will be in the low 100s, so stay hydrated and take air conditioned breaks if you can. 

Weekend Bay Forecast

Overall, it is going to be hot and there is the potential for severe storms.  Keep up to date with all the latest weather information on WJLA, NewsChannel 8, and on our weather homepage at wjla.com/weather.  Also, if you won't be around a television or a computer, you can always access our FREE StormWatch7 app from your smartphone.  We'll keep you posted.  Have a nice weekend!

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