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.
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.
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.
However, that’s bad for our ongoing rain deficit. Many places are 3-4″ below normal for the spring.
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.
Make sure you’re tending to the garden each morning and wearing plenty of sunscreen. Download our app for the latest updates.