Richmond can expect sunny and brisk weather for marathon
The sky over Richmond will look sunny and inviting this weekend, but you’ll step out the door to some brisk, almost-wintry temperatures.
We’re likely to see plenty of cloudiness and showers on Friday as a cold front passes through, but the last of it should clear out right before daybreak Saturday.
High pressure will keep things dry over the weekend, but there will be a chilly breeze as that fair weather builds into the region on Saturday. That wind could add an extra bit of discomfort for runners and spectators alike.
Anthem Richmond Marathon
7:45 a.m. start: partly cloudy
temperatures in the lower to mid-40s
wind from the northwest at 10 mph, with gusts to 20 mph
relative humidity around 70 percent
Mid- to late morning: sky turning mostly sunny
temperatures in the upper 40s
slightly stronger northwest wind at 15 mph, with gusts to 25 mph (wind coming from the northwest would be nearly perpendicular to both the Huguenot Bridge and Lee Bridge)
relative humidity of 40 to 60 percent
Midday and early afternoon: mostly sunny temperatures in the lower 50s
continued breeze from the northwest at 15 mph, with a few higher gusts
relative humidity of 30 to 40 percent
Last year’s marathon weather:
Nov. 11, 2017, was also a clear and dry day, but had even colder temperatures, ranging from the upper 20s to lower 40s.
The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Veterans Day Ceremony runs from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday at Dogwood Dell Amphitheater. The Armistice Day Festival will be held the same day, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Carillon. sunny temperature in the lower to mid-40s
light and variable wind
Otherwise, Sunday’s temperatures in the Richmond area will range from the upper 20s at daybreak to upper 40s in the midafternoon.
Sunday is shaping up to bring our coldest low temperatures so far this fall, thanks to clear skies, light wind and high pressure.
Temperatures will fall to the mid- to upper 20s across central Virginia by daybreak on Sunday.
Most weather stations in the Piedmont region of Virginia already reported their first freeze on Oct. 22, but some spots along lakes, rivers and within the cities haven’t dipped below 32 degrees yet.
Richmond International Airport bottomed out at only 33 last month, so this weekend may bring the first official freeze there. If so, it would be about a week later than the average date for RIC’s first freeze, but not unusually late considering how much it has varied over the years.
Sunday could also be the official end of the growing season for Hampton Roads and the Peninsulas, with lower 30s predicted for most of the Tidewater region.
Temperatures will be cool at the start of the Anthem Richmond Marathon on Saturday, but warmer than last year, as runners bundled up against the cold.