Pinpoint Weather: Hot with strong storms possible today, tropical moisture arrives late in the weekend

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Overall, today will be a very hot day with temperature readings in the middle 90s. There should be a bit more of a Heat Index today, but still not much more than our actual temps. I do have to point out that when you hit the mid-90s, “not much” is a lot. The chance for rain is likely to be north of the interstate 64 corridor and there is the concern that a few of the storms may be strong to severe. The heat of the day will be when the storms arrive and they may linger into the evening.

Sunday is the last day of Spring 2021 and the first day of Summer 2021 as the direct rays of the sun will be over the Tropic of Cancer, the summer solstice, at 11:32 pm. This is the day with the most minutes of daylight and the least minutes of darkness, often referred to as the longest day of the year. We all know that all the days are equal, but we get the statement.

Scattered storms are expected to be a bit more widespread on Sunday as moisture gets pushed into the region. I am expecting the temps to be a few degrees cooler due to the clouds, but by much.

Monday and Tuesday will be very wet if the remnants of Claudette move over the Commonwealth. The issue with this event is not that the tropical system will be overwhelming, but the fact that a cold front is expected to dam up the moisture along the mountains as it flows into the area. This may lead to some heavy rainfall totals and some localized flooding. This is all dependent on the path and timing of the tropical event. If the storm stays on a more southerly track, it should mean less rain for us, if it is more northerly, then we will be socked pretty hard.

Happy Father’s Day.

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John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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