Pinpoint Weather: Record heat today, hazy, hot and humid again Thursday

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Lynchburg was hot today, along with a number of other locations, but the record of 93, that has stood unopposed for 88 years was tied today. Roanoke was at 93 too, but the record was 94.

Tonight, I expect to see the humidity and muggy behavior of the atmosphere continue. Expect to see some nighttime mist or light fog in the area, especially in spots that got some rain today.  Temps will dip into the 60s with little wind, so a stillness will also be in the cards. The fog may be few and far between, but it may be pretty dense in some spots, Patchy Dense Fog.

Thursday will be another muggy and hot day with the threat of an afternoon storm on the docket. The flow of air will be light and the stillness of the air will be noticeable once again. Highs will reach the upper 80s and a few low 90s in the Piedmont.  This may be the last regionally dry day for a couple as an area of low pressure will move overhead and give us more widespread rain Friday and Saturday.

This next phase of the forecast is a bit tricky since the area of low pressure in the upper levels will drop off the jets stream and become what we refer to as “cut off”. This means there is no steering mechanism to push of pull it along and it will “meander” overhead for a couple of days. This makes the timing of the rain, temps and other variables difficult to nail down. So, expect to see the rain starting in the later portion of the day Friday and linger into Saturday and possibly Sunday.  The typical cut off low will stay nearly stationary for at least two days, so we may not be looking at the greatest holiday weekend weather-wise.  We do need the rain, so I expect most farmers and homeowners will be glad to see the lawns and crops watered.  We may salvage some of Sunday, but I am keeping the rain in as there may be some residual moisture left in the “cut off” lows tank.

Monday, Memorial Day, may be a nice and quiet day with highs in the 70s and a mix of clouds and sun. That is, of course, if the “cut off” low exits as forecast. 

Stay Safe

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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