Pinpoint Weather: Few showers Tuesday, cool start to August

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(WFXR) — Noticeably cooler temperatures are in the forecast for the next few days, but hot conditions are slated to return soon.

A low pressure system is riding along a frontal boundary to our south. While this system will help to give us the chance for rain Tuesday, it isn’t expected to be widespread or persistent. Since the low pressure system will stay farther south, better rain chances are forecast for areas along and south of US 58, as well as west of I-77. Rain chances are lower the farther north you go. Otherwise, skies will be mostly cloudy to overcast and high temperatures will be in the below-average 70s across Southwest and Central Virginia.

We are in need of some rain in Southwest and Central Virginia. Much of the region is experiencing Abnormally Dry conditions, according to the latest Drought Monitor. Even portions of Amherst, Rockbridge, and Highland counties are under the moderate drought category. While any amount of rain will help, it will take a good soaking to alleviate these dry conditions.

Daily rain chances are in the forecast for the remainder of the week, but any showers or storms that do develop are expected to be hit-or-miss. Isolated showers and storms cannot be completely ruled out for Wednesday, but a majority of the region will stay dry. Partly to mostly cloudy skies will be overhead with highs in the low 80s in the Roanoke Valley, Central Virginia, and Southside. The New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands will continue to warm up into the 70s for the afternoon hours.

A few showers and storms will have the chance to develop Thursday, but we’re not looking at a washout. Lynchburg, Danville, and Roanoke will warm up into the low to mid 80s. West of the Blue Ridge, high temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70s.

Isolated showers and storms are possible Friday, but rain chances are low. However, we will notice the start of a warming trend as we head into the weekend. High temperatures will be close to seasonal average for Friday and Saturday with highs in the 80s across Southwest and Central Virginia. Hit-or-miss storms are possible Saturday.

Sunday and Monday are trending drier and hotter. Parts of the Roanoke Valley, Southside, and Central Virginia will warm back up into the low to mid 90s. The Alleghany Highlands and New River Valley will have high temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.

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