ROANOKE, Va. – Thursday marks the average peak of hurricane season, with two named storms (Paulette and Rene) currently in the open Atlantic. Neither of these will be an immediate threat to the U.S.
While there may not be a tropical storm or hurricane near the U.S., we are getting a little taste of tropical moisture to round out the week. This will give us the chance for spotty downpours Thursday.
As a front comes down from the north and teams up with that moisture, we expect more showers and storms Friday than what we see Thursday. These too will mainly come in the afternoon and evening, though a few stray morning showers can’t be ruled out.
As that front sags south of our area, high pressure toward New England will wedge in some cooler air. At the same time, we’ll be overcast with periods of light rain and drizzle.
High temperatures Saturday will only be in the upper 60s and lower 70s. It will take some time to break out of this wedge Sunday. We may still have some fog and drizzle in the morning, followed by warmth, humidity and a few late day storms.
Have the rain gear with you if you plan on heading out to the Sunflower Festival!
Once a front passes the area early next week, we’ll say goodbye to the chance for showers and hello to lower humidity.
By that time, Paulette will likely be a hurricane well off the East Coast toward Bermuda.