Pinpoint Weather: A spectacular holiday weekend in store; Elsa could bring tropical weather to the region later next week

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It’s a holiday and weekend and the weather – generally speaking – couldn’t be better!

We’ll see a decent amount of sunshine across the region on both Saturday and Sunday with high temperatures in the upper 70s to the mid 80s over much of the region – maybe more so in the mid 70s in the mountains on Saturday. Expect to gain around five-seven degrees or so for high temperatures on Sunday, versus Saturday’s highs.

On Monday, there may be a few more clouds in the picture. There could even be a stray shower or storm possible in the mountains, but most areas will remain dry.

Areas east of the Blue Ridge will see highs return into the lower and even some middle 90s. Further west, highs will likely linger back into the 80s. Regionwide, we can expect a slight uptick in the humidity starting on Monday as well.

Highs will be comparable on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

By Wednesday, we’ll notice a chance for showers and storms possible during the afternoon and into the evening.

On Thursday, the potential is growing for a widespread shower and storm event – courtesy of Elsa, the tropical system that’s quickly moving through the Caribbean. It’s still very early, but model forecasts are indicating that the system could be coming into, or close to, our area that could enhance the risk for showers and thunderstorms. Depending on the track, there could be a flood threat to be concerned with but, still being several days out, we have plenty of time to watch the storm and will adjust the forecast in the days ahead to reflect any potential changes in the track of the storm.

By the end of next week, there could be some more showers and thunderstorms to deal with after Elsa’s potential impacts exit the area with highs likely in the 70s in the mountains and 80s elsewhere.

So, enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend and remember to be safe when handling fireworks. Have plenty of space and a garden hose handy – just in case some of the sparklers get a little out-of-hand.

Remember too, projectile fireworks and anything that explodes, are illegal in Virginia.

Gary Boyer
Meteorologist

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