Pinpoint Weather: Hot and humid today and Sunday, Ida to become a major hurricane

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The heat and humidity are once again the issues today as the mercury in the thermometer is expected to rise into the middle to upper 90s east of the Interstate 81 corridor.

There is an area of high pressure off the coast of the North and South Carolina coast that is slated to move west. The movement west will cut off some of the moisture currently being introduced to the Commonwealth, but not the heat.

There is still enough moisture in the air to squeeze out a few isolated strong storms this afternoon and evening. The storms, if they develop, may generate gusty winds and small hail to accompany the rain and lightning. The humidity in the air will make it feel more like the upper 90s and low 100s. Please prepare for the heat today and Sunday.

The long-range forecast looks to be hot to start the work week but then by mid-week rain will overtake the area. The remnants of Ida will be impacting Virginia with a good deal of rain and some gusty winds. Ida will become a major hurricane later today or tonight as the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico rapidly intensify the 4th Hurricane of the season. That leftover rain will fall for a few days as the tropical low stalls out over the Mid-Atlantic region.

In summary, hot and humid today through the rest of the month, then we cool down when we have to deal with the tropical rain from the remnants of Ida.

Stay Safe, cool, and hydrated this weekend.

Here is the latest from the National Hurricane Center.

Chief Meteorologist
John Carroll

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