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Crankin’ up the heat Monday before humidity levels tumble

It will feel much more comfortable at times this week, following another cool front

Upper air pattern through Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Upper air pattern through Wednesday, June 16, 2021

ROANOKE, Va. – Monday will be a much calmer day after Sunday evening’s severe thunderstorms. The wind behind that storm system will be coming in out of the west, which will help to keep us mostly dry throughout the day.

This same downsloping wind, however, will crank up the heat. Highs will be in the low to mid 80s in the New River Valley and upper 80s to lower 90s elsewhere.

High temperature forecast for Monday, June 14th, 2021

A front moves through Monday night into Tuesday, bringing just a few isolated rain showers (nothing like what we saw Sunday evening). The bigger deal with this front will be the drier air that comes in behind it.

Humidity levels drop off big time through the middle of the week, making things feel much more comfortable.

Humidity levels drop throughout the week

That will especially be the case in the mornings. In fact, it will be pretty cool Thursday and Friday mornings.

Temperatures will start in the 50-55° range, so we might actually get to open the windows and give the A/C a break.

Morning lows through Friday, June 18th, 2021

We’ll turn hotter by Friday and Saturday, at which point we’ll have to keep an eye on the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center has that area and an area of low pressure moving away from the Carolinas as possible spots for tropical development.

Odds of tropical development as of 3 a.m., Monday, June 14th, 2021

Early forecast data shows the moisture from the Gulf system meeting up with a stalled front this weekend. That would give us the chance for showers and thunderstorms by Father’s Day.

Father's Day Weekend - 2021

Obviously, things can change with a forecast that is 6 days away, so be sure to keep checking back with us 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.