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Fort Belvoir Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here
If you’re headed to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, you’ll find yourself in a humid, subtropical climate with temperate weather. You’ll enjoy all four distinct seasons, with hot summers and mild winters. Read on to find out more about the weather at Fort Belvoir, so you can be prepared for any activity, whether it be extensive outdoor training or leisurely evenings spent in your own backyard.
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High temps: High 50s to mid 70s
Low temps: Mid 30s to mid 50s
Nighttime may feel cool, but spring days at Fort Belvoir are comfortable. Dressing in layers is a great way to adjust to the varying temperatures throughout the day. You may also need an umbrella and a rain jacket for those rainy spring days. And while it may be true that “April showers bring May flowers,” you should know that rain falls throughout the year at Fort Belvoir.
High temps: Mid to high 80s
Low temps: Low to high 60s
Summers in Virginia are hot and muggy, which can be a tough adjustment if you’re not used to the humidity. Thankfully, cooler nights provide relief. Light fabrics and colors can help you stay cool. Don’t forget to put on sunscreen, even when there’s cloud cover. You can still get sunburned on a cloudy day!
Because of the area’s high summer temperatures, it is important to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If possible, stay indoors when temperatures are extreme. Drink cool liquids often, particularly water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages as they dehydrate the body. Eat small, frequent meals and avoid foods high in protein, as they increase metabolic heat.
If you must venture outdoors, avoid going out during midday hours. Avoid strenuous activities and keep hydrated. Heat exhaustion symptoms include heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale and clammy skin; a fast, weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; and fainting. If you experience symptoms of heat exhaustion, you should move to a cooler location. Lie down and loosen your clothing, then apply cool, wet cloths to your body. Sip water. If you vomit, seek immediate medical attention. You should also seek out immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms of heat stroke, such as a body temperature of more than 103 degrees; hot, red, dry or moist skin; a rapid and strong pulse; or unconsciousness.
And remember: NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
High temps: High 50s to low 80s
Low temps: High 30s to low 60s
Fall at Fort Belvoir is colorful and cool. The leaves put on a vibrant show that you won’t want to miss, but by October, you’ll be reaching for your jacket when you head out the door. Dress in layers to stay comfortable throughout the day.
High temps: Mid to high 40s
Low temps: High 20s to low 30s
Fort Belvoir has mild winters, but you’ll likely have a few snow days during your tour here. Warm clothing for cooler winter temperatures will help you stay toasty, even when Jack Frost comes for a visit. Winter jackets, fleece sweaters and pullovers, wool socks, gloves, and tightly knit caps can all help keep heat close. The yearly average snowfall for Fort Belvoir is about 17 inches.
Weather Hazards at Fort Belvoir
Possible weather hazards at Fort Belvoir include thunderstorms, floods, tornadoes, and winter storms. For more information on protecting yourself from weather hazards at Fort Belvoir, check out the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website.
A severe thunderstorm can knock out power; bring high winds, lightning, flash floods, and hail; and spin into a twister in seconds. Pay attention to storm warnings. Remember the rule: “When thunder roars, head indoors.” The National Weather Service recommends following the 30/30 rule: People should seek shelter if the “flash-to-bang” delay — the length of time in seconds from the sight of the lightning flash to the arrival of its subsequent thunder — is 30 seconds or less, and remain under cover for 30 minutes after the final thunderclap.
Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. If you are outdoors during a rainstorm, seek higher ground. Avoid walking through any floodwaters — even water 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. If you are driving, avoid flooded areas. The majority of deaths in floods occur when people drive through flooded areas. Roads concealed by water may not be intact. Water only a foot deep can displace a vehicle. If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water can engulf a vehicle and sweep it away.
Tornadoes can happen at any time of the year, but they are most common in spring. Tornadoes can develop quickly, with minimal warning, so it is important to have a plan in place before they occur. If a tornado watch is issued, that means weather conditions favor the formation of tornadoes, such as during a severe thunderstorm. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado funnel is sighted or indicated by weather radar. You should take shelter immediately during a tornado warning.
Fort Belvoir has mild winters, but winter storms are still possible.
Prepare for winter storms by assembling a disaster supply kit for your home and vehicle. Have your car winterized before the winter storm season arrives. Listen to weather forecasts and plan ahead.
When winter storms and blizzards hit, dangers include strong winds, blinding snow, and frigid wind chills. Avoid unnecessary travel during storm watches and warnings and stay indoors.
Winter storms can also cause power outages. During a power outage, gather in a central room with an alternative heat source. Use fireplaces, wood stoves, and other heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside. Never use an electric generator or a gas or charcoal grill indoors. The fumes are deadly. If you use a space heater, keep the heater away from any object that may catch fire (drapes, furniture, or bedding) and never leave it unattended. Avoid letting pipes freeze and rupture by leaving faucets slightly open so they drip continuously.
Field & Training Expectations
From hot summer days to cold winter nights, Fort Belvoir experiences a wide range of weather. But, with few exceptions, the Army doesn’t stop training exercises for colder temps or heat waves. Be sure to bring or acquire an assortment of personal field gear that can handle any situation, whether you’re training with weapons in January or running an obstacle course in July. A wide range of uniforms and clothing is important to remain healthy and effective in the field from the cold nights of winter to the sweltering days of summer.
If summer days are dangerously hot, service members will be notified of red or black flag conditions. During these days, outdoor training may be interrupted or postponed to avoid heat illness among personnel.
With preparation and adaptation, you’ll appreciate all four seasons at your new home at Fort Belvoir. And if you’re still not sure what the day ahead will bring, you can always check the latest forecasts and other related announcements online or from local news stations.
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