ROANOKE, Va. – The heat really picked up Monday afternoon as compared to the weekend. We expect to tack onto that heat Tuesday afternoon too. Highs in the New River Valley will peak in the mid to upper 80s. The rest of the area will generally see high temperatures of about 90-95°.
Make sure you’re staying hydrated, seeking shade and finding ways to stay cool. That’s especially the case between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
With the jet stream being farther north, we expect the heat to return Wednesday afternoon as well with high temperatures maybe a degree or two lower than Thursday.
You may notice some haze in the sky as well the next few days. Some of that can be traced back to wildfires in Canada. Thankfully, though, the air quality at ground level won’t suffer.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Elsa will get closer to U.S. soil. With a front to the west, it’s likely that we miss the worst of the storm. However, it is a close call for Southside. This is a part of the area where we could wind up getting some heavy rain between about 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday.
Any shift of even 25 miles could mean more rain and possibly severe weather for the eastern part of our area. For areas outside of Southside, however, it’s business as usual. We’ll be warm (low to mid 80s) and humid with some scattered storms, thanks to our front.
After what’s left of Elsa races to the north and east, we’ll be left hotter for the weekend with your garden-variety afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
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