Ding dong the heat is gone, for now at least. A cold front crossed the region yesterday with plenty of clouds and rainfall along with cooler temperatures. The front passed out of the region and offshore overnight leading to a mainly clear, cooler, and significantly less humid start to our Wednesday. As high pressure builds in from the west we will be drawing air from our north today with a light breeze, sunshine, and temps just a touch below normal for this time of year. The average high temperature in Roanoke for this point in July is 87° and we’ll be peaking in the 70s to low 80s across the area today. With the dew points having fallen back into the 50s for most it feels significantly less humid than we’ve been used to over the last week. Now, even though it is quite a bit cooler the UV Index will be very high today so you’ll need to stay on top of your sunscreen application. Take a lunch with you that you can take outside over the next couple of days to get some fresh air and get out of the stale office for a bit each day or at least take a walk at lunch time to get a break from being indoors.
A sprawling area of high pressure will camp out over the region for the rest of the week keeping our weather pattern quiet and the temps seasonable. High temps will slowly creep up a degree or two each day moving forward but are still expected to remain seasonable with the humidity in check all the way through the weekend. Get out and enjoy this fantastic stretch of sunny summer weather!
It’s also that time of year that I need to remind folks to please, NEVER leave your kids or pets in the car. The interior of your car will heat up extremely quickly and reach dangerous, if not deadly, levels in a very short period of time. If you want to take the dog for a car ride than make it a dedicated ride for them, don’t stop for groceries or to pick something up. It only takes a few minutes for the temperature in your vehicle to reach those dangerous levels. If you have a small child be sure you double check the back seat when you get out.
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
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