Hot pattern returns once again in the Commonwealth.
Expect to see the mercury in the thermometer rise past 90 for the next couple of days as high pressure builds east from the middle of the country. There is ample moisture available along the ground to provide the atmosphere with the capability to develop a few pop-up storms. Nothing organized is expected, but some rogue storms are not out of the question today and Wednesday.
Thursday will still be hot as the air is moving in from the southwest, ahead of the approaching cold front. Highs on Thursday will be in the middle to low 90s before the rain arrives late in the day. The rain will be a bit spotty, but still organized but the more widespread rain is expected on Friday.
Friday will be a rainy day as the cold front approaches but may not cross the Commonwealth. The models suggest that the front will stay a bit north of our region, still provide the rain and storms ahead of the boundary, but not cool the area off as it will wash out. So, the result will be some cooler air on Friday, due in part to the rain cooling the air, but not a major cool down for the weekend.
Over the weekend I expect to see showers and storms both days with the chance for some strong storms to develop in the heat of the afternoon both Saturday and Sunday.
Expect a typical summer pattern of heat, and humidity, along with afternoon storms is expected to start the new work week.
If you are planning any hikes tomorrow, make sure to stay hydrated. If you have a choice, based on the temperatures, a morning hike may be a better plan.