wsls logo

One more summery day before the winds of change blow through

Temps and humidity levels lower while the wind picks up after Thursday night’s cool front

Three impacts from our next cool front
Three impacts from our next cool front

ROANOKE, Va. – The past two days have featured the warmest weather we’ve seen throughout all of 2021. After a few stray showers early Thursday morning, temperatures work their way up into the 80s once again.

For parts of the area, this will be enough to get within a few degrees of record values.

Forecast high temperatures compared to record highs - April 29, 2021

While a few isolated storms will be possible during the afternoon near the West Virginia-Virginia line, the best chance to get wet will be after 10 p.m. in areas west of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

FutureTracker - late Thursday night into Friday morning

Once our cool front blows through, the wind will pick up in intensity. Our strongest gusts Friday will range between about 30 and 45 mph.

Wind speed and wind gust forecast for Friday, 4/30/2021

Having said that, humidity levels will come down and temperatures will level off in time for the Strawberry Festival in Roanoke.

Strawberry Festival forecast for 2021

Warmer air comes back into the picture Sunday with the daily chance of showers and storms Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.


About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.