wsls logo

Sunshine, 70s back in our forecast just in time for Memorial Day

High pressure provides nice weather for the holiday

Memorial Day planner
Memorial Day planner (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

ROANOKE, Va. – Happy Monday, it’s Memorial Day and the weather forecast could not have panned out much better for the holiday!

We deserve this after some unpleasant weather over the weekend. High pressure will be in control and keep your skies very bright.

We also expect no rain chances, light winds and highs in the 70s.

Future Tracker Monday 3 p.m. (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

I know many of you will be taking advantage of the nice weather during the afternoon and evening and get the grills out!

Temperatures peak in the upper 70s across Roanoke, Lynchburg and Southside by 4 or 5 p.m., then gradually fall through the 70s and into the 60s during the evening.

Memorial Day grilling forecast (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Look for lows in the 50s by Tuesday morning, but temperatures should recover quickly to the 80s by the afternoon.

Part of the reason for the warm-up? The aforementioned high pressure system will shift east of us and our winds will be out of the south, drawing in warmer air.

Future Tracker Tuesday 3 p.m. (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

A low to the west will likely provide extra clouds and a spot shower or two by Wednesday.

The rain chances look even higher later in the week, with Thursday and Friday dueling it out to be the wettest day.

Right now, we have 60-percent chances in our forecast for each day. After a drier-than-normal May, we need all the rain we can get!

We also could see some slightly cooler temperatures Thursday and Friday, but it won’t be as cool as this past weekend.

Rainfall forecast through Friday - European model (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Long-range models are hinting at drier weather to return for the weekend, along with a bump into the 80s for highs.


About the Author:

Justin McKee presents the weather forecast on 10 News Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6 to 8 a.m. He also fills in for other meteorologists during the week.