The run of 90° weather is about to come to an end as the forecast for Saturday has Roanoke only reaching the middle 80s. Friday was the 7th day in a row with temperatures over 90, which is impressive, but only last year the all-time record for consecutive days over 90 was set with 29 in a row. July 1 – 29th.
There may be a few showers in our southern tier counties today but for the most part the region will stay dry. Speaking of dry, the Drought Monitor has most of the viewing area in the Abnormally Dry range, with parts of Amherst and Rockbridge counties un a moderate drought category.
There is also some smoke still making a run on the Commonwealth from fires in Central Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Moderate air quality is being measured in the Roanoke area for Friday and possibly on Saturday as well.
Moving forward to the weekend, I expect to see a quiet pattern for the next couple of day. There is a bit of scuttlebutt about some storms overnight in our SE counties of Halifax, Pittsylvania and Charlotte for Sunday morning, with some robust storms generating gusty winds and some hail so we will keep that in our viewfinder. Overall, I expect a dry Saturday with temperatures in the middle to upper 80s east of the Foothills and upper 70s to low 80s in the mountains. Overnight into Sunday is when there may be some showers and a few storms, with the focal point in the SE, then some clearing before noon and it looks to be another nice day Sunday.
Moving into the first week of August will start out a bit aggressive in Southside, the rest of the week thus far looks to be typical for this time of year. Temperatures will be on the milder than usual side along with the chance for us to see some scattered showers off and on through the work week. Highs will be in the low to middle 80s with lows in the 60s.