ROANOKE, Va. – There are parts of the area that could certainly use some rain. We have several chances of that in the coming days, but it comes with a price.
Storms that dive into the area from the northwest will have summer heat and humidity to play with and can become strong to severe.
Highs Tuesday, for example, reach the mid to upper 80s in the New River Valley and upper 80s/lower 90s elsewhere.
The bulk of the storms we see Tuesday move northwest to southeast between about 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Another cluster of storms from the northwest will weaken late Wednesday morning into the early afternoon, but we still may see some scattered downpours.
The atmosphere recovers, with the heat index approaching triple digits in parts of the area before additional storms Wednesday afternoon and evening.
These storms will also have the chance to become strong-to-severe, as they move from northwest to southeast. Localized wind damage and/or power outages are the main threat to storms.
This pattern continues through the rest of the week, as we sit on the “ring of fire.”
That may sound like a scare tactic at first, but it’s a legitimate weather pattern.
Storm clusters fire up on the hot and outer ring of high pressure, and dive from northwest to southeast.
Keep checking back for updates on the timing and/or severity of any storms throughout the rest of the week. You can do so easily by downloading our weather app.