Pinpoint Weather: Hot temperatures arrive, generally low storm chances ahead

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We’ve been talking about the hot temperatures for days and they’re finally arriving.

Over the course of the next week, we can expect highs in the 80s in the mountains with upper 80s and lower 90s east of the Blue Ridge so remember your kids and pets in the car. Don’t leave them in there. Leaving a window cracked does not help! If you leave the car, take them with you!

The weekend will be dry with clouds moving in during the day on Saturday. Clouds will likely stick around Saturday night – even though we can expect some breaks in the clouds at times.

On Sunday, there will likely be a bit more sunshine across the region with a few clouds at times.

We’ll notice the humidity levels increasing a bit on Sunday as well.

By Monday, we will introduce the opportunity for a few showers and thunderstorms. Right now, we’re looking at a 30-to-40 percent chance across the region. At this time, the severe threat does not look to be too significant but with the normal summer-like storms, we can never really rule out the risk for gusty winds, small hail and locally heavy rainfall.

Beyond that, the summer-like normal of a 20-to-30 percent chance of afternoon storms will be possible across the region the rest of next week.

Looking beyond our regional forecast, we do have something else to discuss – an semi-active early start to the hurricane season in the Atlantic basin.

Officially, the Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1; however, we do have our first named system in Subtropical Storm Ana.

Ana’s “subtropical storm” status indicated a broad circulation center with the strongest winds widely spread throughout the system, versus a “tropical storm” which generally has the strongest winds closer to the center of the storm. It’s also more of a hybrid system which is a blend of a warm-core and a cold-core system, versus a “tropical storm” which is a warm-core-based system.

Ana is located northeast of Bermuda and is expected to stay well out to see with no concern for the lower 48.

So, you warm-weather fans…enjoy the summer feel. Forecasts indicated that, generally speaking, this warm (or hot) weather does not appear to be going away anytime soon.

Gary Boyer

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