The heat and slight amount of humidity are combining for some very hot conditions here in the Commonwealth. Look for the highs to be in the 90s today, Tuesday and once more Wednesday. High pressure overhead is allowing the air to sink and compress so there is some extra heating added to the already hot airmass. Hazy sunshine is a good way to describe the day and that will be the same for Tuesday. The moisture in the atmosphere is not all that much, but it is enough to push the “feels like” temps up a few degrees from the actual. Highs in the 90s don’t have to go that far to get dangerously hot. Please remember to stay hydrated and in the shade as much as you can.
Tuesday will see more of the same only it may be a couple of degrees warmer. After some spotty fog in the morning there will be little in the way of cloud cover to provide relief from the sun and heat. Once again there will be some humidity in the air to allow a degree or two to the “feels like” temps. Keep an eye on your pets, elderly and your neighbors.
Wednesday may start to see the temps dip a bit but not before we get into the 90s again. There will be a noticeable introduction of high clouds late in the day as they fan out from what is now Tropical Storm Elsa. This cyclone is forecast to stay over the coastal plain of the Mid-Atlantic region, but we will start to see the outer bands of high clouds late in the day Wednesday.
Thursday will be the day all eyes will be on Elsa as the fifth named storm of the Atlantic season passes east of our coverage area. As this is going on and the folks along the coast are getting hit with strong winds and a lot of rain, we need to look west as a cold front approached. This feature will help corral the moisture from Elsa and provide us with rainy conditions from the west. The two will work in concert with each other in order to give us a good chance for rain in the west as well as the eastern Piedmont.
Friday will see a mix of clouds and sunshine along with some lingering showers and storms. Saturday will be hot again and the pop-up storm potential is likely both Saturday and Sunday, more likely Sunday.
As for Elsa, here is the latest track according to the National Hurricane Center.