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Patchy frost last weekend to summer vibes this weekend...thanks, Virginia weather!

We’ve done a full 180 since this time last week

3-day pool outlook for 5/21 to 5/23/2021
3-day pool outlook for 5/21 to 5/23/2021

ROANOKE, Va. – No one ever said Virginia weather was boring, right? At least we can use the word ‘calm’ to describe how things will be Friday and this weekend.

High pressure remains a dominant force in the weather pattern, keeping us partly cloudy and warm Friday afternoon.

High temperature forecast for Friday, 5/21/2021

This same area of high pressure will stay camped out over the Eastern U.S. throughout the weekend. This leads to sinking air which, in turn, allows us to get hotter and stay mostly dry.

Summer returns for the weekend...and beyond

Highs will range between 85 and 91° each afternoon for most of the region. We may have a stray shower or storm Sunday afternoon.

Weekend forecast for 5/22 and 5/23/2021

That chance goes up a little bit by Monday, as high pressure collapses a bit and allows a front to sag south. The location of this front is key to determining who sees storms. A few may become strong-to-severe, due to the heat, humidity and added energy from the front.

What we're tracking for Monday, 5/24/2021

This is a huge difference from what we were dealing with at this point last year, when parts of the area saw about 6-10 inches of rain in a three-to-four day span.

Comparing our lack of rain right now to what was happening this time in 2020

We could use the rain this time around, but the outlook for next week is hot and mostly dry as well.


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.