Today we passed the 90° mark once again making this the 15th day in a row as the mercury hit 93 today in Roanoke. It is time to start the countdown to the record. The longest streak of 90+ days recorded at Roanoke is 22 days in June of 1966. Here are the top five:
June 1966 22 Days
August 2007 17 Days
August 1959 17 Days
July 2017 16 Days
July 1930 16 days
Our region is dominated by an area of high pressure that will maintain a presence over the Commonwealth today which helps to keep the skies clear and the air sinking. The sinking air creates friction as the molecules crunch together at the surface so that also aids in the heating process.
By Thursday more moisture is becoming available so the opportunity to see a few more isolated storms is likely. Some of the storms on Thursday are expected to be a bit robust over the mountains with gusty winds as the main threat. Even with the advent of the rain, we should still get near or above 90 in the Star City.
Friday looks to be the best chance for us to get some widespread rain as a cold front will slide in from the northwest. Strong storms may be possible.
Summer pattern expected over the weekend, with scattered storms and highs near 90 or above. Monday looks to bring another day with more widespread rain.
Stay safe and stay hydrated
John Carroll Chief Meteorologist
Check out the Neowise comet. This is a very rare experience and should be pretty amazing to see. Look to the Northwest about an hour after sunset tonight and you will see the streaking comet. Should be able to see it with the naked eye until next week. It will be low in the sky, near the horizon and the best way to see the tail will be with binoculars.
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