Two fronts bring us warmer temperatures, chance for late day storms
ROANOKE, Va. – We started the weekend off on a gloomy note as many dealt with numerous clouds, spotty rain and cooler temperatures. We’ll end it warmer with a little more sunshine mixed in and also a few thunderstorms late in the day. Zone temperature forecast (WSLS)Our second front of the day will approach during the evening, sparking storms from west to east. You’ll really feel a difference in the air by Tuesday, as cooler and drier air fully filters in from the north. Three day humidity tracker (WSLS)The cooler and drier air will be accompanied by sunshine Tuesday and Wednesday.
Humidity and spotty storms round out the week prior to cooler, drizzly Saturday
ROANOKE, Va. Thursday marks the average peak of hurricane season, with two named storms (Paulette and Rene) currently in the open Atlantic. FutureTracker - Friday afternoonAs that front sags south of our area, high pressure toward New England will wedge in some cooler air. We may still have some fog and drizzle in the morning, followed by warmth, humidity and a few late day storms. Once a front passes the area early next week, well say goodbye to the chance for showers and hello to lower humidity. Humidity levels drop by next Tuesday and WednesdayBy that time, Paulette will likely be a hurricane well off the East Coast toward Bermuda.
Yuck! Muggies are back, along with the chance for scattered downpours
The storm system sending that moisture in from the East Coast will give rise to scattered downpours. This is the one part of the area that stands the best chance of heavy rain throughout the day. FutureTracker - Noon WednesdayScattered afternoon downpours will also be possible around Lynchburg and the Roanoke Valley during the afternoon. Chances are lower during the daytime in the New River Valley and Highlands. Its possible that these pockets become targeted more toward parts of the New River Valley and Roanoke Valley.
Sorry, yall. Humidity returns the rest of the week
ROANOKE, Va. Humidity levels will still be tolerable throughout the day Tuesday, but that all changes as we continue throughout the week. Name or not, it means an increase in humidity and scattered storms almost each day between Wednesday and Friday. Rather, the coastal system will continue to pump moisture into the region by Thursday to give us scattered showers and storms. FutureTracker - Saturday afternoon in the Mid-Atlantic statesCome Sunday, the system that dumps snow on the Rockies will pull northwest of our area. This will leave us with the chance for showers and storms with temperatures only slightly warmer than Saturday.
Low drama weather continues as high pressure keeps its grip on our area
A large area of high pressure is what we should thank for the wonderful weather. High vs. Low pressure (WSLS)After a cool start to the day, look for temperatures to warm to the low to mid 80s by afternoon. Well continue to see abundant sunshine and low humidity for this middle day of Labor Day weekend. Future Tracker Sunday 4 p.m. (WSLS)The weather looks pleasant for the Labor Day holiday as well. Three day humidity tracker (WSLS)While our local weather is quiet, the tropical Atlantic is quite active.
Sunshine, warmth and low humidity throughout the holiday weekend
High pressure will settle in as our dominant weather maker and the sinking air will inhibit all rain chances and most cloud cover. Saturday planner (WSLS)If you like the cooler air this morning, youll be in luck tomorrow morning! Otherwise, well just call it free air conditioning as you can leave your windows open tonight and enjoy the cooler air. Sunday morning lows (WSLS)Labor Day will also feature morning lows in the 50s. Heres your Saturday morning weather headlines.
Sunshine, lower humidity to end the weekend, but rain will be back soon
ROANOKE, Va. The remnants of Laura have merged with a cold front, which passed through the area overnight. High pressure will set up to our northwest today, providing partly to mostly sunny skies throughout the day. Future Tracker Sunday 5 p.m. (WSLS)The biggest thing youll notice about the weather today is the reduced humidity! (WSLS)Unfortunately, more moisture will filter in Monday and Tuesday, so itll be a short-lived break from the typical summer humidity. The same batch of high pressure that will give us nice weather today will be a factor in our expected cloudy, damp and cool conditions Monday.
Cranking up the heat and humidity for a few days as storm chances stay low
Look for highs in the low 90s across the Roanoke Valley, Lynchburg, Southside and the Highlands. When you factor in the humidity, heat index values could peak in the mid to upper 90s. The greatest risk for severe weather is well to our northeast today, across portions of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. This evening's severe weather outlook (WSLS)Look for similarly hot conditions on Wednesday and Thursday with storm chances staying relatively low, save for an isolated storm in the mountains. Weekend planner (WSLS)A cold front could provide much more pleasant conditions (cooler temperatures, lower humidity and sunshine) for Sunday and early next week.
Far from over! Summer humidity, storms and heat all gradually return this next week
ROANOKE, Va. After a few spring-like mornings, the humidity is slowly creeping its way back into the picture. This, along with a front nearby, is going to trigger more showers and storms to develop after 12 or 1 p.m. Wednesday. By Thursday, well see similar temperatures but storms will mostly be confined to the New River Valley. This means minimal chances for storms and typical summer heat returning. Each has a high chance of developing into a tropical storm within the next few days, at which point we would have Laura and Marco.
A chance to dry out after a very soggy start to the weekend
Yesterdays rainfall totals peaked at about two inches, mainly in the New River Valley. August has been wetter across our other forecast regions and Saturdays rain added to the surplus that Southside, the New River Valley and Lynchburg have experienced. Since our front is moving away from the area, it appears rain chances will be much lower to wrap up the weekend. Were forecasting a 30 percent chance of showers and/or storms for your Sunday. How chance of rain works (WSLS)We dont see storm chances increase again until the middle of the upcoming work week.
High heat alerts for many as temperatures and humidity soar upward
ROANOKE, Va. – The heat and humidity has been the theme so far in July and your Sunday is looking no different. Sunday peak heat (WSLS)Make sure you’re keeping the heat in mind if you have to be outdoors this afternoon and/or evening. We’ve pegged storm chances at 30 percent Monday, so don’t be surprised if an isolated storm comes over your area during the afternoon. A heat advisory is likely to be needed again and with some extra humidity, heat index values could be even higher than today. Storm chances go down into next weekend.
Heat, humidity will not stay socially distant Friday; storms develop
ROANOKE, Va. If it were possible for heat and humidity to stay six feet apart, we would like for that to happen. Combine that humidity with air temperatures peaking in the upper 80s and low to mid 90s, and it wont feel very good. This kind of heat and humidity, along with a front nearby, is a recipe for storms. When to view the NEOWISE comet FridayHeading into the weekend, our front that produces todays storms will stay an extra day. FutureTracker wide view for Saturday afternoonHave a Plan B Saturday, in case you get storms where you area.
Scattered storms develop in Sunday afternoon’s heat and humidity
It’s been the third hottest July to this point in Roanoke with an average temperature of 80.8 degrees through Saturday. Our current heat wave has stretched to eleven days, halfway to the record mark of 22 days from 1966. Heat wave stats (WSLS)We’re likely to have our twelfth consecutive 90-degree day in the Star City and parts of Southside could also hit that mark. Today's temperature planner (WSLS)A pair of fronts to the west will combine with this afternoon’s heat and humidity to produce storms in our area. Today's rain chances (WSLS)Any of those storms could strengthen and the primary threat in any severe storms would be damaging winds.
Heat lingers most days; storms remain hit-or-miss
ROANOKE, Va. – Parts of the area have reached 90° in six of the last seven days. An area of low pressure riding through South Carolina will give us a limited chance of storms later in the afternoon, with perhaps the best chance being in Southside. Storm chances - Tuesday afternoon and eveningThis area of low pressure will meander near the coast Wednesday. The easterly wind around it will place limited moisture in the area again, meaning scattered thunderstorms will be possible. Thursday’s storm chances will mainly be confined to the eastern half of our viewing area (Lynchburg and Southside).
Heat, humidity wont practice social distancing the next several days
ROANOKE, Va. While many of us practice social distancing in our everyday lives, the heat and humidity will not be doing that. As we head deeper into the afternoon and evening, most any spotty storms will be east of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Expect high temperatures for most of the area to be around 85-90 again. Rain coverage - WednesdayThis weak storm system pulls away to the northeast after Wednesday, leading us to drier weather and a subtle rise in temperatures each day. 4th of July forecast - 2020Storm coverage increases each afternoon from Sunday through early next week, as a weak storm system rides up the East Coast.
RELIEF! Turning slightly less humid before Saharan dust inches closer
For most of the area, Wednesday will feel quite pleasant as dew points hover in the mid to upper 50s. High pressure near Florida will direct the wind out of the west and down the mountains. Upper air pattern this weekendThis same high pressure, with clockwise wind around it, will direct a plume of Saharan dust into the region by late Saturday and Sunday. Tracking a layer of Saharan dust for the weekendThe expectation is a wall of dust, like you’d see in the Desert Southwest. If it were to storm near you, a portion of dust could actually be brought down to the surface within the raindrops.
More storms fire up Tuesday before a subtle drop in humidity levels
ROANOKE, Va. While Monday only featured a few spotty storms, we expect more numerous showers and thunderstorms to develop Tuesday afternoon. A front, combined with our warmth and humidity, will set some storms off between Noon and 3 in areas along and west of the Parkway. Dont expect an outbreak, but at least be aware of the potential for a few stronger storms. Once it does so, well notice a subtle drop in humidity levels. This time, however, its not for a tropical storm.
Lower humidity to wrap up the work week
ROANOKE, Va. Temperatures out the door this Friday morning are running about ten degrees colder than Thursday morning! Throughout our Friday, we will keep rain chances at bay. Thanks to the cold front that moved through yesterday, dew points and humidity will be lower, bringing us a very pleasant afternoon. Our rain chances increase on Sunday. Weekend PlansAside from that, it will be warm with reasonable humidity for Saturday, becoming tolerable by Sunday.
Humidity makes like Felicia and goes Bye!; weather turns more pleasant
With dew points in the 70s, thats about as high as it gets around here in the summer months. Humidity levels drop first in the afternoon for parts of the NRV and Highlands, and then will come down at night in Lynchburg and Southside. Humidity trends for the next three daysWell likely get to spend a good amount of time outdoors this weekend, thank goodness! Weekend plan meterWith high pressure over the northeast and low pressure nearby, this sets up a fairly unsettled pattern from Sunday afternoon through (possibly) the middle of next week. Upper air pattern - MondayExpect rounds of showers, mostly in the afternoon and evening, during that time frame.
A sight for sore eyes: DRIER WEATHER the next few days!
ROANOKE, Va. Its been incredibly wet this May, in fact, the seventh wettest month EVER in Roanoke! Most of us stay dry today. Itll be warm again this afternoon and well see humidity levels drop as drier air filters in behind the front. That system is likely to have its grasp on our weather for a few days, keeping us dry locally. 4 day dew point forecast (WSLS)Well also see temperatures warm back up by Tuesday and Wednesday, with the 90s in range for some spots!