Heat persists, but cool down in near future

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The dangerous heat will be lingering for another day.

High pressure continues to build into the region, which means more hisk-risk heat is in the forecast for Sunday. Similar to Saturday, there is the potential for temperatures to be in the upper 90s° east of the Blue Ridge, with feels like temperatures past the 100° mark. Heat Advisories will still be in effect for eastern portion of our viewing area, meaning the heat and humidity will be in the 105 – 108° range from noon until 11 pm Sunday. An Excessive Heat Warning lasts until Sunday evening for Halifax, Charlotte and Appomattox counties where feels like temperatures may reach 110 – 112°. Temperatures will be hottest during the early afternoon.

An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures are expected. The combination of heat and humidity will combine for a dangerous situation and heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, are possible. It would be wise to stay hydrated and avoid prolonged period of time outside. Most importantly, try to stay cool as we round out the weekend.

As we head into Sunday, there will be chances for spotty showers and storms to make their way into Southwest Virginia. Heavy rain and gusty winds will be possible with some of the storms. The greatest chance for rain will be down in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands, but some showers and storms could make their way east of the I-81 corridor Sunday afternoon.

Temperatures will start to decrease and rain chances will increase for the beginning of the work week, especially on Tuesday. Showers and storms become more scattered for Monday and Tuesday as a front approaches the area. We might see a day with below-average high temperatures in the near future.

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