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Heat returns ahead of Father’s Day; eyes on the Gulf

Summer kicks it into high gear as remnants from a tropical system draw near

Father's Day Weekend - 2021
Father's Day Weekend - 2021

ROANOKE, Va. – Even though we’re waking up to temperatures mostly in the 50s Friday morning, summer heat will return by the afternoon. We’re looking at highs in the low to mid 80s across the New River Valley with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s elsewhere.

High temperature forecast for Friday, June 18th, 2021

It should be a perfect day at the pool. Just remember your sunscreen!

You’ll need that Saturday too. Thanks to a downsloping wind, the air will compress and heat up Saturday afternoon.

Downsloping wind Friday and Saturday afternoons

Expect highs in the mid to upper 80s in the New River Valley and low to mid 90s elsewhere.

High temperature forecast for Saturday, June 19th, 2021

A couple complexes of storms will weaken to our west before fully moving into our area, but it’s possible that we see a couple of storms mainly in the mountains.

Meanwhile, we’ll keep our eye on the tropics. It’s likely that we get Tropical Storm Claudette either Friday or Saturday before landfall on the Gulf Coast. Remnant rain from that storm is possible here.

Tropical headlines as of 3 a.m., June 18th, 2021

This may start out as some afternoon storms Father’s Day. Expect clouds to increase throughout the day, with highs mainly in the 80s. Some scattered storms may feed off the moisture being pulled in by this weakened system.

Father's Day planner - 2021

Latest forecast data shows an overall weaker system, which allows a front to the west to push it farther east. It appears as though the worst of the impacts with this storm (flooding and/or severe storms) will miss us to the east late Sunday into Monday.

Rainfall with our next tropical system - June 18th, 2021

Keep checking back for updates on the path of this storm and our Father’s Day forecast by downloading our weather 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.