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.
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.
Storms turn scattered as they move from north to south through roughly midnight/1 a.m.
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.
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.
That chance is slightly higher in the mountains than anywhere else. Make sure you download our app to keep up with the latest.