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Humidity, scattered storms to return following hottest weather of 2021

High heat will return by mid-week before cooling off for the weekend

FutureTracker - 4 p.m. Monday
FutureTracker - 4 p.m. Monday

ROANOKE, Va. – Sunday was the hottest day of 2021 for parts of the area, but Monday won’t be quite as hot. It will be more humid, though, with high temperatures mainly in the low to mid 80s area-wide.

High temperature forecast for Monday, 5/24/2021

A front will sag south, teaming up with our warm and humid air to fire off some hit-or-miss storms after about 2 or 3 p.m. The best chance for storms will be in areas east of US-220.

FutureTracker - 4 p.m. Monday

Even after sunset, a few storms will be possible along the boundary. Anything that forms will have the potential to turn quite strong but also move fairly slowly.

FutureTracker - 10 p.m. Monday

We’ll be left with clouds and areas of fog overnight, as the front drifts farther south. Expect highs in the upper 70s and low to mid 80s Tuesday afternoon.

Sky-watchers will hope for clearing in the clouds heading into Wednesday morning, as we could see the baby stages of a lunar eclipse (not the whole thing).

Lunar eclipse map for May 26, 2021

You can find more details on that by clicking here.

Once a wind picks up out of the west Wednesday, we’ll see the heat crank back up. In fact, we could be near record temperatures Wednesday afternoon.

Record heat potential for Wednesday, 5/26/2021

Thankfully, the humidity won’t be a huge issue Wednesday or Thursday even as temperatures rise. As we head into Friday, a front will move closer to the area and will increase rain/storm chances during the afternoon.

What we're tracking - Friday, May 28th, 2021

This system lingers a bit through at least Saturday, keeping the chance for showers in the forecast with below-average temperatures. Recent forecast data has high pressure over the Northeast suppressing any further storms Sunday and Memorial Day.

Memorial Day Weekend weather headlines - 2021

This will keep morning temperatures in the 50s and daytime temperatures in the 70s. Keep checking back for updates on the holiday weekend forecast by downloading our app.


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.