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Smoky haze lingers Friday; typical summer pattern returns for the weekend

Spotty storms likely won’t be enough to completely get rid of the smoky haze this weekend

Wildfire smoke from out west to create more haze Friday
Wildfire smoke from out west to create more haze Friday

ROANOKE, Va. – There are currently wildfires in 13 states. Without beating a dead horse, the smoke from these wildfires continues to get blown eastward toward our area. While not as bad as Wednesday, the haze will likely be a bit thicker Friday than it was Thursday.

Therefore, the air quality is still expected to be in the ‘Moderate’ category, which means that those who are extra sensitive to changes in air quality should limit time outdoors.

Moderate air quality expected for Friday, 7/23/2021

Even still, temperatures will reach seasonable levels Friday afternoon. We’ll see more clouds develop too as compared to Thursday.

High temperature forecast for Friday, July 23, 2021

A southerly wind will help pick the humidity back up by Saturday. We’ll start cloudy but break out into more sun by the afternoon. That should help spark some scattered thunderstorms, most of which will be east of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Scattered storms expected Saturday afternoon in areas mainly east of the Parkway

Expect similar temperatures Saturday to what we see Friday afternoon. Sunday will likely be hotter, thanks to a west/southwest wind coming down the mountains.

High temperature forecast for the weekend of 7/24 and 7/25

Meanwhile, a front to the north will come closer. This will spark some showers and storms (some of which may move in Monday morning).

Scattered storms develop Sunday night and Monday

Just how far south that front goes will determine our storm chances by Tuesday. The trend especially later in the week is for a large dome of high pressure to sit over the Plains. We’ll feed off of that and get hotter late in the week into the weekend, and the Climate Prediction Center trends (see below) show just that.

Climate Prediction Center outlooks from 7/28 to 8/1/2021

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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.