The above-normal temperatures are expected to return this week with each day this week and into the weekend. Highs in the middle 90s will be common this week as the typical summer pattern sets of heat and isolated storms. The typical is much warmer than normal as the normal highs this time of year are in the middle 80s so the pattern is abnormal.
As far as the records go, this week will more than likely not see any marks in the record books for Roanoke as the record highs are in the upper 90s and low 100s. On the other hand, the record for Tuesday is 95, so there may be a new entry in the log on Tuesday as the forecast is close. This summer has been a hot one so if no pop-up storms hit the Roanoke area before 4 pm, we may hit the mark.
The humidity levels in the region are also of concern as there will be “feels like” temperatures in the upper 90s at times this week. Although that is not enough to warrant a heat advisory, it is still very hot. Make sure to take the appropriate precautions this week with respect to the heat.
Foggy conditions will prevail each morning as the heat of the day and the humidity of the atmosphere will act in concert to provide morning fog for the next few days. Rain chances are on the slim side this week, but a pop-and-drop storm is possible from Wednesday through the rest of the forecast period.
The tropics are showing a couple of areas of interest well out in the Atlantic, one is located off the west coast of Africa and another just off the coast of Venezuela. Currently, they are not expected to develop over for a few days but they are being monitored. As for Henri, the Tropical Depression will very slowly move east and generate a lot of rain that may lead to flooding and flash flooding. Currently, Henri is nearly stationary.
Stay safe this week, not much variation from one day to the next so the forecast will change little for a while. Keep an eye on your neighbors, pets, and livestock and if you need to water the lawn, do it late in the day so the water will soak in and not evaporate or boil (not actually boil, but the hotter water will not be good) the grass in the hot afternoon sun.