High heat, late storms return to the forecast Wednesday

Storms Wednesday evening and night tap into residual heat from the daytime hours

ROANOKE, Va. – Tuesday was the first day of summer, and the heat continues right on schedule.

For the Roanoke Valley, we’ve hit 90° a dozen times already. That’s the most at this point in the year since 1957.

Most of the area hits the 90s again Wednesday afternoon, as a downsloping wind compresses the air east of the mountains.

Records for the day are pretty high and touch to reach, but it will be very hot regardless.

Highs within a few degrees of record levels Wednesday afternoon

At the same time, a front to the north pinches in and moves closer.

While it won’t be as humid as it was last week, this front will be enough to spark storms north of I-64 and east of US-29 around/after suppertime.

FutureTracker - 7 p.m. Wednesday

Storms turn scattered as they move from north to south through roughly midnight/1 a.m.

FutureTracker - 11 p.m. Wednesday

The chance for strong to severe storms is confined to areas north of I-64 and east of US-29. If this cluster were to speed up and move in earlier, that severe weather threat could potentially move farther south.

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

Localized wind damage and flooding are the main things we’ll be looking for in any storms.

We’re left dry and seasonably warm Thursday and Friday, which will make for some great pool time. The first weekend of summer is marked with warmth/heat, a bit of humidity and the chance for a few hit-or-miss storms.

3-day pool forecast for Friday through Sunday

That chance is slightly higher in the mountains than anywhere else. Make sure you download our app to keep up with the latest.

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.

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