Ready or not, it’s about to get a few days

Our first dose of 90° heat becomes possible this weekend

Hottest weather since early September on tap this weekend

ROANOKE, Va. – For the last two weeks, our afternoon temperatures have been “below average,” but that is about to change big time these next few days. That all starts Wednesday, as afternoon highs climb into the 70s in the mountains and lower 80s elsewhere.

High temperature forecast for Wednesday, 5/19/2021

This is only the beginning, as afternoon temperatures will rise a few degrees Thursday and Friday. This comes as high pressure sets up camp over the Eastern U.S. This forces the jet stream farther north, resulting in hotter air around here.

High pressure to bring the heat later this week

By this weekend, we’ll see highs range from the mid-80s in the NRV and Highlands to lower 90s almost everywhere else.

With high pressure, however, comes sinking air. That means lower rain chances, which is good for your weekend plans.

High pressure to keep things dry later this week

However, that’s bad for our ongoing rain deficit. Many places are 3-4″ below normal for the spring.

Rain deficit for the spring of 2021 as of May 19

Looking ahead to next week, there’s not much indication that this pattern will break either. While high pressure may weaken a bit, it will stay hot and mostly dry almost each afternoon.

Climate Prediction Center 6-10 day outlook through 5/28/2021

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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.