(WFXR) — The hot and muggy conditions will stick around for much of the week with storms in the forecast each day.
A few morning showers are possible toward the Alleghany Highlands for Tuesday. Otherwise, a mix of sun and clouds will be overhead. Rain chances will increase for the afternoon hours, but the showers and storms will be hit-or-miss as they move west to east. Downpours are possible Tuesday, which may lead to localized flooding or ponding on roadways. Strong storms capable of producing gusty winds cannot be ruled out for the afternoon and evening, so stay weather-aware if you’re planning on being outside.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed a Marginal Risk for severe weather west of the Blue Ridge. This means a few isolated strong to severe storms may develop in this area.
Tuesday’s high temperatures will be in the mid to upper 80s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Hot 90s are slated for the Roanoke Valley, Southside, and Central Virginia. The humid air will make it feel a few degrees warmer outside, so it’s important to stay safe in the summer heat.
Wednesday will basically be a rinse-and-repeat forecast for Southwest and Central Virginia. High temperatures will be in the warm mid-80s and into the hot mid 90s. The heat index (feels like) will be in the mid 90s and close to 100 in some spots. Scattered showers and storms will have the chance to develop during the afternoon and evening hours, but it won’t be a widespread wet weather event.
It will be a bit hotter Thursday as west winds blow through the region. Temperatures will be near-record levels for the afternoon with highs slated to be in the upper 80s and into the mid 90s. Showers and storms are still possible Thursday afternoon and evening.
A slow-moving cold front will approach from the northwest as we head into the weekend. Storms will develop ahead of the front, giving us the chance for scattered storms Friday afternoon. Rain chances are expected to remain in the forecast through the weekend. However, we will see a change in our temperatures by Sunday. While Friday and Saturday will still be on the hot side, we could have more seasonal temperatures in the 80s by Sunday.
Tracking the Tropics
Potential Tropical Cyclone Six will impact the Lesser Antilles Tuesday morning before moving west toward Puerto Rico. As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center has this storm becoming a tropical storm later in the day. If it does intensify into a tropical storm, then the next name on the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season list is “Fred.”