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Near-record heat this weekend; a few Saturday storms

Heat and humidity continue; fall weather not too far off

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ROANOKE, Va. – A few days into autumn, and summer has been flexing its muscles over the eastern half of the U.S. That's only going to continue this weekend. 

Friday offers little-to-no chance for rain, with highs in the upper 70s and low to mid 80s.

Come Saturday, a front lifts north of the area and allows hotter air to move in. Blacksburg probably has the best chance of tying or breaking its old record high.

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At the same time, a disturbance moving into the area will tap into that heat and humidity. While storms won't be widespread, there will be some activity out there after about 1 p.m. Keep in mind that anything that develops in Saturday's heat could become strong.

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Come Sunday, the chance for rain appears to be lower. This will allow us a few more hours of heating, with temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s. Lynchburg and Danville stand the best chance of tying of breaking their records. 

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The front I mentioned before sags south by Monday, keeping the chance for a few mountain showers in the forecast. In addition to that, we expect things to cool off a little bit.

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Highs should generally be around 76-82°, before heating up again by the middle of next week. A more significant drop in temperatures is possible by the first weekend of October.


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