ROANOKE, Va. – We’ve almost made it to the weekend - one that is going to have more neighborhood pools opening up!
The warm-up begins Thursday under a mix of clouds and sun. A boundary nearby may fire off a few isolated storms during the day. Otherwise, expect highs in the low to mid 80s in the New River Valley and in the mid to upper 80s elsewhere.
Any cluster of storms to the west will need to be watched closely at night. One could ride our boundary and into the area while we’re asleep Thursday night into Friday morning.
After that, this boundary lifts northward. That will set the stage for near-record heat with high temperatures in the low to mid 90s across much of the area.
We’ll be just about that hot Saturday with a few mountain storms possible during the evening hours.
This is the hottest weather we’ve felt in about nine months, so make sure to take care of the obvious things like drinking water, seeking shade, etc. Also remember to keep your bare feet and pet’s paws off the pavement and concrete. Darker colors absorb heat more, which is another reason to wear (not just lightweight) light-colored clothing.
A front taps into our heat Sunday and fires off more numerous showers and thunderstorms later in the day.
Once the front sags southward, we’ll see some relief from the heat early next week. However, it’ll still be close enough to send more rounds of showers and thunderstorms our way.
We could use the rain too! Most of us are about two to three inches below average on rainfall for the spring.