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The climate in the Virginia Beach area is humid subtropical.

Winters are very mild, and snowfall is rare, though in both 2010 and 2011 the area experienced the heaviest snowfall for 20 years!

Boxing Day 2010

Summers are hot and humid with warm evenings. The mean annual temperature is 59.6 °F (15.3 °C), with an average annual snowfall of 2.5 inches (64 mm) and an average annual rainfall of 45 inches (1,100 mm). The wettest seasons are the spring and summer, although rainfall is fairly constant all year round.

If you arrive in the summer months, the first thing you will notice is the humidity, it is certainly not a dry heat in Virginia Beach, and even close to the sea there is no relief.

Hurricanes, Tropical Storms or Severe Weather Phenomena

Additionally, the geographic location of the city is south of the average path of storms originating in the higher latitudes, and north of the usual tracks of hurricanes and other major tropical storms. Hurricane season is June-November, with the greatest threat being August through September. There was a serious storm in 2011 – Hurricane Irene. When the National Weather Service issues a hurricane watch, that means hurricane conditions are possible in the Hampton Roads area. There are also storms called ‘Noreasters’- these are not hurricanes but nonetheless pretty fierce.

The USA Support Group(Tidewater) have produced a Tidewater Severe Weather Advice Guide, which provides some useful information on how to prepare yourselves and your families in readiness for the Hurricanes, Tropical Storms or Severe Weather Phenomena that regularly hits the Tidewater area of Virginia, USA.

In addition, there is a VA emergency preparedness sales tax holiday on Hurricane emergency supplies at the end of May, full details of which can be found at http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stay-informed/hurricanes/sales-tax-holiday It is worth looking at this as it will offer some savings. This website can also lead you to the latest version of the Virginia Hurricane Evacuation Guide which has just been released to the public. The guide provides information on evacuation routes, traffic lane reversal plans and family preparedness, according to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Storm surge maps are included, and surge is explained.

There is also additional information available on the Hampton Roads Emergency Management committee website about tidal surge maps and such like, please see http://www.hremc.org




Weather Warning Guide

Click on the link below for a weather warning guide to help us understand the various terminology surrounding severe weather warnings that we are subject to in the Hampton Roads area.  For the full post please click here:  weather_warning_guide

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Cold Weather Procedures – Embassy Guidance

The following cold weather guidance has been issued by the British Embassy:     Your safety and comfort are important to us. During the heating season (October 15th through May 15th) take the following precautions to prevent damage to the home. Remember, damage is always more costly than prevention.   If you have concerns about …

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