Pinpoint Weather: A few storms mainly north today; summer heat for the weekend

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The weekend is here!

Unfortunately, we do have the risk for a few storms possible both Saturday and Sunday. The good news is, neither day will be a washout.

We do have a chance for some showers and thunderstorms across the region today, but the bulk of any storms that do pass through will be mostly limited to the Highlands. We can’t rule out some storms further south but the better chance for storms will mostly be limited to areas along and north of I-64.

The Storm Prediction Center does have a Marginal Risk for severe storms for areas north of Route 58 as a few storms could still develop into the NRV, Roanoke Valley and Central Virginia.

Locations in the mountains will likely remain in the 80s today. Elsewhere, we’re back into the lower even middle 90s along the southeastern part of the region.

Tonight, a few showers and storms will be possible early but we should dry out overnight with lows in the 60s in the mountains and into the lower 70s elsewhere.

On Sunday (Father’s Day and the first official day of summer), we can expect another hot day with temperatures fairly similar to Saturday’s highs. There will be added cloud-cover associated with what became Tropical Storm Claudette just before landfall with a few showers and thunderstorms possible across the region. The storm will likely track to our south but there still could be a bit of moisture from the system impacting Southside. Elsewhere, some normal summer-like hit-and-miss storms will again be possible.

A cold front makes an approach on the area Monday and into Monday night with another chance for showers and storms across the region. It will be hot with many areas east of the Blue Ridge approaching the mid 90s. The mountains should largely remain in the 80s.

Some showers and storms are possible early on Tuesday with the passing of a cold front. By afternoon, though, we’re looking dry with lower humidity. Highs should be a good 10 degrees or so cooler than Monday’s highs.

The rest of next week (Wednesday through Friday) looks decent with cooler temperatures and generally dry conditions, though some storms could fire late in the day on Friday.

So, there’s no reason to cancel any outdoor plans this weekend. With Claudette’s track shifting a bit further south, the chance for heavy rain associated with the storm appears to no longer be in the cards but, of course, we’ll continue watching Claudette’s progress just in case any forecast changes occur.

Happy Father’s Day weekend!

Gary Boyer

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