Pinpoint Weather: Drying out and mild, rain returns by the middle of the week

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Not much going on today as the region is drying out and warming up from a chilly and rainy last couple of days.  Highs on Saturday and Sunday were well below normal as highs were 70° on Saturday and 68° Sunday at Roanoke Regional Airport. Highs today should be a bit warmer today as the sunshine becomes much more prevalent.  This pattern will continue into the middle of the week as high pressure is overhead keeping the region clear and warm.

Tuesday looks to be a dry and warm day with plenty of sunshine as the high-pressure cell should be almost directly overhead.  Our temperatures will be in the low 80s and upper 70s with a bit of a haze in the air from the recent rainfall this weekend.  The sunshine and dry pattern will be short lived as there is another round of rain slated to arrive on Thursday and linger into Friday.

Also, don’t forget our Tropical Storm special airing on Tuesday at 7 pm on WFXR. Safety in the Storm, tracking the tropics. Plenty of helpful and educational materials that will help keep you “Safe in the Storm” this season.

Wednesday is what I refer to as the set-up day with the temps hovering around 80 as clouds return to the region. The clouds will arrive as the day moves along but I am not expecting to see any rain until after sunset or possibly not until Thursday.  Once the rays of the sun are blocked by the clouds Wednesday, don’t expect to see much in the way of sunshine until the weekend.

Thursday and Friday will be cloudy and rainy as there will be ample moisture in the skies over the Commonwealth.  Rain and storms are slated to be fairly widespread and there may also be some storms that could be fairly robust as they push east over the piedmont.  General thoughts are that some of the storms may be strong to severe as the exit our eastern counties, but we should keep a watchful eye on the developing storms none the less.

Saturday and Sunday are expected to be dry and warm as we begin the first weekend of the meteorological summer.  Spotty showers are being indicated on some models at this time, but others have us dry.  Variably cloudy skies will be a safe forecast given the information at hand.

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John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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