Pinpoint Weather: A few storms possible Sunday afternoon; big warm-up with record highs possible into next week

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You blink and it’s gone, right? It’s Sunday…the end of the weekend and while most communities will remain dry, there will be a few showers and storms again possible across the region.

Like Saturday, not everyone will see storms into this afternoon but those that do can expect some locally-heavy rainfall, frequent lightning and gusty winds.

High temperatures on Sunday will range from the 70s in the highest elevations (near Snowshoe) to the 80s elsewhere, though the metro areas could top out closer to 90. Most of the Mid-Atlantic will be in the mid-to-upper 80s, so if you’re doing any traveling in the region, it’s going to be very mild.

Into next week, we’re going to be hot. We’re expecting 80s in the west and 90s in the east on Monday. Tuesday…we could be flirting with record high temperatures as many locations east of the Blue Ridge will approach – if not exceed – the mid 90s. Roanoke’s record high for Tuesday is 95. I’m going with 96 for the forecast high. Both days should be largely dry, though a pop-up storm or two can’t be ruled out in the heating of the day.

By Wednesday, we’ll keep the temperatures on the warm side (we may lose a degree or two on the high) but we’ll re-introduce the chance for a few showers and thunderstorms across the region.

We’ll keep that threat into Thursday with slightly cooler temperatures.

Right now, we’re looking dry on Friday but still hot.

We’ll cool things off a touch into next weekend with another risk for showers and thunderstorms possible.

Henri is expected to make landfall around the eastern tip of Long Island, New York this afternoon. Whether or not the storm makes landfall as a hurricane or as a tropical storm, the effects will be the same: heavy rain, very gusty conditions and storm surge and freshwater flooding for some large cities.

Enjoy the day. Be safe and have fun! Just be aware of the risk for a few showers and thunderstorms into the afternoon.

Gary Boyer

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