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How do the 70s and 80s sound? Warmer air on the way this week!

An upper-level ridge sets up over the eastern half of the country, causing our temperatures to rise

Upper air pattern for Wednesday
Upper air pattern for Wednesday (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

ROANOKE, Va. – After a soggy and cool start to the weekend, we have better weather in the forecast today!

The storm system that brought the showers will pull away to the north and east through the day.

Future Tracker Sunday 4 p.m. (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Today will be much drier than yesterday. In fact, the Roanoke Valley, Lynchburg and Southside are likely to be completely rain-free. We can’t rule out a spot shower in the New River Valley and/or Highlands.

Look for clouds to gradually decrease through the day. We expect a good amount of sunshine by late afternoon and evening.

Temperatures start in the 40s, but we’ll warm up nicely by midday and afternoon. Our highs will range from the low 60s in the NRV to the upper 60s across the Roanoke Valley, Lynchburg and Southside.

Sunday planner (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

The only complaint you could have with today’s weather? The wind. We expect gusty northwest breezes from time to time.

Gusts peak between 25 and 35 miles per hour during the midday and afternoon.

Today's hourly wind speed. direction and gusts (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

High pressure gets settled in over our area tonight and Monday. This will allow the wind to die down.

We could be completely cloud-free to start the week, thanks to the sinking air provided by the high pressure system.

The high will be in a favorable location for our temperatures. We will see those rise slightly above-average by the afternoon. Look for highs in the 70s across the area.

Future Tracker Monday 4 p.m. (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

We have to look to the upper-air pattern for temperatures later in the week. A ridge is forecast to develop over the eastern half of the country, which is good news for warm weather fans!

Our local warm-up is expected to peak Tuesday and Wednesday as highs reach levels 10 to 15 degrees above-average.

10-15 degrees above-average Wednesday (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

There are signs that temperatures could cool down again by Friday and next weekend. The weather also could become more unsettled by that timeframe.


About the Author:

Justin McKee presents the weather forecast on 10 News Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6 to 8 a.m. He also fills in for other meteorologists during the week.