Pinpoint Weather: A warm holiday weekend wraps up as Elsa continues churning in the Caribbean

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Happy Independence Day, America!

Your outdoor plans, for the most part, will be unaffected by the weather. Temperatures will be a few degrees warmer than Saturday as we’re looking for mid-to-upper 80s for highs east of the Blue Ridge. Some mountain communities may linger back into the upper 70s with a very isolated pop-up shower or thunderstorm possible there.

Heading into early next week…Monday and Tuesday both look largely dry but there is a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm in the mountains. Most areas, though, will remain dry. Highs will warm a few degrees higher on Monday and Tuesday with locations west of the Blue Ridge likely holding back into the mid 80s with lower and middle 90s further east into the Piedmont.

By Wednesday, shower and storm chances become a bit more elevated in the region. Not everyone is expected to get wet but everyone could at least have the risk of a few showers and storms. Highs will be in the 80s and 90s.

On Thursday, Elsa’s effects could be felt here with widely-scattered showers and some storms becoming likely – though, it all has to do with the path of the storm. The latest model guidance does seem to put the center of the storm closer to the coast as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard. Still, the risk for some unsettled weather is in the cards – courtesy of Elsa on Thursday.

Into Friday, storm chances will still exist but will be more isolated across the area.

Highs are forecast to drop back a bit into the 80s over most of the region to wrap up the upcoming week.

Enjoy the holiday. Fire up the grill and of course, be safe with any fireworks today and tonight. Remember, if your firework(s) project upward or outward, they are illegal in Virginia.

Gary Boyer
Meteorologist

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