Pinpoint Weather: Heat and humidity allow for pop-up showers and storms

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(WFXR) — The hot and muggy weather pattern continues across Southwest and Central Virginia.

Some patchy fog will impact the Wednesday morning commute. Once the fog dissipates, we’re looking at another mostly sunny and hot day ahead. High temperatures will range from the upper 80s and into the mid-90s. The heat and humidity will allow for spotty showers and storms to pop up this afternoon. Not everyone will see wet weather Wednesday, but any shower or storm that does develop will be capable of producing heavy rainfall. The best chance for rain will be along and west of the Blue Ridge.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of Southwest Virginia under a Marginal Risk for severe weather. This means a few of those pop-up showers and storms may become strong to severe. Stronger storms may produce gusty winds and downpours may lead to localized flooding.

With limited rain chances in the forecast for the next several days, it’s important to stay safe in the heat. Remember to listen to your body when working or playing outside. Drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks.

We’re looking at a rinse-and-repeat forecast for Thursday. Skies will generally be mostly sunny, although some late-day clouds are possible. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s and low to mid-90s. Pop-up showers and storms can be expected for the afternoon and early evening hours, but coverage will be spotty.

There is very little change in the summer-like weather pattern as we head into the weekend. It will be muggy and temperatures will make their way into the upper 80s and into the low to mid-90s each afternoon. Rain chances will be on the low side (20-30%), but stay aware of afternoon pop-up showers and storms.

Shifting over to the tropics, there are three disturbances that the National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on. Two of those disturbances have a high potential (70%) to become tropical storms in five days. Nothing is forecast to impact the United States any time soon, but activity is ramping up as we enter the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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