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This week’s weather goes from showery to summery

A flip in the weather pattern sends us straight into summer later this week and this weekend

What we're tracking later this week and this weekend

ROANOKE, Va. – Sunday’s weather was perfect for an extra nap to rid ourselves of the Sunday scaries!

Now that Monday is here, we’re looking at more of the same weather. The clouds will be with us for much of the day, which will keep temperatures below average once again.

High temperature forecast for Monday, 5/17/2021

With a front nearby, that will trigger showers and storms to our northwest that will then ride into our area during the afternoon and evening.

FutureTracker - Monday evening

Whoever gets this rain should consider themselves fortunate, as we’ve fallen into quite the rain deficit in recent weeks. Outside of a few showers and storms Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, the chance for widespread rain is small.

This is thanks to high pressure taking over the Eastern U.S. That will create more sinking air which, in turn, will make it drier and hotter later this week and into the weekend.

Summer returns later this week and this weekend

We’re talking high temperatures in the 80s area-wide with some 90s possible in parts of the Roanoke Valley, Lynchburg and Southside Friday and this weekend.

5-day high temperature trend through 5/21/2021

The Climate Prediction Center (and us) expects this pattern to continue into next week, which will also mean that widespread rain will be hard to find.

Climate Prediction Center 6-10 day outlooks through 5/26/2021

You’ll have to tend to the garden frequently in the next one-to-two weeks. This will likely be the first time we’ve had three drier-than-normal months in a row since November 2017 to January 2018.

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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.