Summer has officially arrived and the next several days will certainly be feeling like it.

Tonight, though, we’ll have a quiet night with mainly clear skies across the region – possibly some clouds passing through from time to time. Winds will be on the lighter side.

Lows drop back into the upper 50s to the lower and middle 60s.

On Wednesday, we’ll start the day mostly sunny with a few clouds possible into the eastern part of the region. During the afternoon, some clouds will likely move in along with the chance for some showers and thunderstorms possible late in the day.

We’ll have highs climbing into the upper 80s in the mountains to the mid and upper 90s further east.

Air quality levels will be in the Moderate category which means anyone who has respiratory ailments may have breathing difficulties – especially if displaying physical exertion.

During the evening, storm development will become a bit more likely across the area as a cold front approaches the area. Some storms could linger into the early part of the overnight hours. Some storms could produce locally heavy rainfall as multiple storms could move over the same area over and over again. This is known as “training” thunderstorms.

The Storm Prediction Center does have the northern and eastern parts of the region under a Marginal risk for severe storms. Gusty winds, hail and locally heavy rain will be the primary threats with any storms late Wednesday and into Wednesday night.

Lows drop back into the mid 60s in the west to near 70 in the east.

Thursday brings another chance for a few showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon. Most, though, should remain dry with highs back in the 80s in the mountains to near 90 east of the Blue Ridge.

Friday looks largely dry but still very warm with highs continuing in the 80s to the west to near 90 in the east.

Into the upcoming weekend, we’ve got the risk for more showers and thunderstorms both Saturday and Sunday with highs continuing our above normal trend into the 80s to the lower 90s.

The tropics are still looking quiet in the Atlantic basin as the National Hurricane Center says no development is expected in the next five days.

So, we start to look a bit unsettled beginning on Wednesday through the weekend. No day will be a washout by any means. Still, where storms do develop, they could be accompanied with locally heavy rainfall, so keep an umbrella handy starting Wednesday.

I’ll have a full look into the forecast coming up tonight on WFXR News at 6 and First at Ten!

Gary Boyer