ROANOKE, Va. – Today starts a warming trend taking us away from the comfortable, fall-like temperatures of last week to highs as much as 10 degrees above average. The start of fall this year feels a lot more like summer. Highs this afternoon reach the low-to-mid 80s which is just a few degrees warmer than yesterday.
Humidity is generally low for today; it does feel stickier outside today than Saturday, but the difference isn’t huge. The moisture in the air is still low so it’s hard for clouds to form let alone any showers. Humidity increases Monday and is most noticeable in the afternoons.
This warming trend lasts throughout the week, but so does our sunshine. The high pressure that kept us clear most of last week is strong enough to last through Thursday. A few days have more clouds than others. A few spotty afternoon showers can develop; if you have plans outside they can go ahead in most spots. This rain is so light that if it does come to your area it wraps up quickly. Tuesday has the best chance for showers, but those are still pretty light.
To our south Tropical Storm Fiona is still chugging along. The storm is likely to reach hurricane status by Monday. While it is mostly curving away from the US coast some intense rain still makes it to Cuba and the Bahamas. The strong high pressure in our region helps to keep that system away from us.
A cold front coming on Thursday brings temperatures closer to average. Conditions are comfortable for high school football on Friday.