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Meteorological summer begins slightly warmer; rain chances rise later

Temperatures Tuesday afternoon will be right around the average for this time of year

What's ahead through the first weekend of June
What's ahead through the first weekend of June

ROANOKE, Va. – Meteorological summer (and the Atlantic hurricane season) kicks off Tuesday. Meteorological seasons go from the beginning of a month to the end of another. This is done for more consistent record-keeping and to show the clear trend in when temperatures begin to rise and fall.

Astronomical summer (what we’ve all learned about in school) doesn’t start for another two and a half weeks.

Here at home, it won’t feel like the dog days of summer, nor will we see any remnants from tropical systems. Instead, we’ll see clouds gradually increasing with temperatures rising a little more than they did on Memorial Day.

High temperature forecast for Tuesday, June 1, 2021

A south wind continues to push humidity levels up a bit through Wednesday. Clouds continue to stream in ahead of an area of low pressure to the west. This will keep temperatures down a few degrees compared to Tuesday, but we’ll also see the chance for isolated afternoon showers and rumbles of thunder.

FutureTracker - 3 p.m. Wednesday

That chance only goes up Thursday afternoon, as an area of low pressure draws closer to us.

What we're tracking - Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

This same system will likely be east of the area Friday, meaning we’ll only see a few hit-or-miss showers and storms around. High pressure replaces this storm system in time for the weekend, allowing temperatures to build and only minimal chances for storms.

What we're tracking - Saturday, June 5th, 2021

Expect high temperatures to reach well into the 80s each afternoon this weekend.

Weekend forecast for the first weekend of June 2021

You may actually be able to take advantage of the pool this time around!


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.