The forecast remains pretty stagnant for the coming days with temperatures ramping up and heat index values likely to top the triple digits here and there in the coming days. As for today, temperatures will warm up quickly and could top 90° by lunch time. Many of us will see highs in the 90s east of the Blue Ridge today with mid and upper 80s in the NRV and the Highlands regions. Once again we will have a few scattered showers and t’storms firing up in the heat of the day and slowly drifting east and northeast, and I do mean slowly which means we could see some more localized flooding like we did yesterday. Also much like yesterday an isolated severe storm or two can’t be ruled out for the afternoon. As the sun goes down this evening the showers and storms will start to wind down with some fog possibly forming up in areas where we get some rain today and then the skies clear out overnight. Tomorrow will be very similar but we’ll expect more plentiful showers and thunderstorms as the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry pass to our north but drag some extra tropical moisture and energy through the region. The bulk of the rain is expected to fall on the western slopes with much lesser amounts to the east of the mountains due to the westerly downslope flow down the mountains and into the Piedmont. However, since there is quite a bit of moisture in the atmosphere for the storms to work with some of them will be quite efficient rain makers and may be quite slow-moving so localized flooding may be a concern.
As we head into Friday and Saturday the upper level ridge in place will intensify and kick air temps up an extra few degrees, likely approaching 100° in some areas east of the mountains both days. Since the humidity will still be high as well the heat index values will likely be pushing into the low 100s throughout much of the afternoon hours as well so we may see some heat advisories being hoisted by the NWS for those days. You’ll need to pay close attention to the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in yourself and those around you on those days. Here’s a graphic that talks more about those signs and symptoms and what you should do to help the person.
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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