ROANOKE, Va. – If you’re looking for colder weather, you might want to head toward Mt. Rainier this week.
If not, get used to the heat. It’s summer time in Virginia!
Thursday’s temps will be around 85-90°, but Friday will heat up just a couple degrees more. Combine that with the humidity, and it might feel like 95-100° in some parts of the area Friday afternoon.
The only hope of cooling down comes in the form of hit-or-miss showers and thunderstorms. This, as we track an area of low pressure east of Wilmington, North Carolina. The National Hurricane Center has placed an 80% chance on this storm becoming ‘Fay’ soon.
Whether or not that storm gets a name has little-to-no impact on our weather. We’re on the west side of this storm, which means most of the area will be dry Thursday afternoon. The exception to that may be the mountains of West Virginia and areas near US-29 Thursday afternoon. That’s about it.
By Friday, a separate system from the west teams up with our heat and humidity to provide a slightly better chance of late day storms. The best chance comes between 4 and 10 p.m. (toward the latter part of that time frame for Lynchburg and Southside).
Anything that forms Friday may contain high wind gusts, hail, heavy rain and/or frequent lightning.
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Heading into the weekend, we may see just a few spotty storms Saturday. The better chance Sunday would be in the mountains later in the day. The heat continues, with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s.
It’s entirely possible that we get even hotter by the middle of next week. We’ll be tracking an area of high pressure anchored over the central U.S. If we avoid any significant rain or storms, temps may rise well into the 90s next Wednesday and beyond.