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Only 70s for highs Tuesday; missing out on most beneficial rain this week

The bulk of any rain that we could really use will be east of us through the end of the week

Cooler than average temperatures expected Tuesday
Cooler than average temperatures expected Tuesday

ROANOKE, Va. – Clouds continue to stream in from the southwest, with a little added humidity to go along with that at the surface. Still, we expect these clouds to keep a lid on temperatures throughout the day Tuesday. Highs will only peak in the mid to upper 70s, which is more your average for mid-to-late September.

High temperature forecast for Tuesday, 8/3/2021

Dry air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere will cut into most beneficial rain. Any chance of getting a decent drink of water looks to be along and east of the Parkway during the morning.

FutureTracker - 9 a.m. Tuesday

Anything we see during the afternoon will likely be confined to areas near and west of Interstate 77.

FutureTracker - 6 p.m. Tuesday

Throughout the rest of the week, our chance for a soaking rain is very low. We’ll have to keep tending to the garden, bushes, yard, etc. The east side of storm systems is the wet side. It just so happens that that east side will be a bit too far east of us.

Rainfall forecast for the week

We’ll be lucky to see a quarter of an inch of rain this week, unless you get a random pop-up storm to drop more than that.

Temperatures will start to climb back up Thursday and Friday, but will especially do so this weekend. The jet stream will be farther north, which allows the heat to build into next week.

Summer heat returns this weekend and next week

We’re back to the 80s and 90s, with above average temperatures likely from here to points north through much of next week.


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.