Happy Summer! Warmth, heat return in the coming days

Near-record heat and storms return Wednesday and Wednesday night

ROANOKE, Va. – The last few days have felt more like spring, and that includes early Tuesday morning.

Tuesday is the first official day of summer. By the afternoon, it will be business as usual for the new season.

High temperatures rise into the low to mid 80s in the mountains and about 85 to 90° elsewhere under a mix of clouds and sunshine.

High temperature forecast for the summer solstice - 2022

As high pressure strengthens over the Central U.S. Wednesday, we will turn hotter. The records will be hard to hit, but it will still be hot enough. Thankfully, it won’t be nearly as obnoxiously humid as last week.

Nearing record heat Wednesday afternoon

At the same time, we’ll track a front to the north that will move southward at night. It will be tough for widespread severe storms to move into the area, due to the time of day when we expect storms.

That said, a few stronger ones will be possible north of U.S. 460.

Storm Prediction Center severe weather outlook for Wednesday, 6/22/2022

Pockets of heavy rain and lightning move through the area between roughly 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Localized flooding and/or wind damage will be possible in the aforementioned areas.

FutureTracker - late Wednesday night

After that, we’re left dry and seasonably warm Thursday and Friday with highs mostly in the 80s.

This weekend, a weak onshore flow will bring in the moisture needed for scattered afternoon storms.

Weekend forecast for the final weekend of June 2022

More numerous showers and storms move in along a front Monday.

For updates on the forecast and a live look at radar, be sure to download our weather app.

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