The weekend is here; unfortunately, the weather won’t be ideal for spending time outside.
We won’t have persistent rain today but there will be areas of showers off-and-on passing through the region. Highs will likely remain in the 60s today.
Into Saturday night, we’ll continue mainly cloudy with areas of fog that could be locally dense in places. We can’t rule out a few showers lingering in the eastern part of the region from Lynchburg to Appomattox and Danville to South Boston. As we transition into the overnight hours, everyone should finally start to dry out. Lows tonight will range from the mid 50s in the mountains to near 60 in the east.
A very isolated shower can’t be ruled out on Sunday but most areas will not only be dry, but we will see some peaks of sunshine. Temperatures will be noticeably milder as well as we’ll see lower and middle 70s in the mountains and middle to upper 70s east of the Blue Ridge.
Into next week, we are looking dry but it will feel more like summer as highs will range from the mid 70s to near 80 in the mountains and into the lower and even middle 80s in the east.
We could be talking about the chance for some record highs possible as we wrap up next week. Friday, for instance in Roanoke, I’m forecasting 85 degrees. The record high for the date is 88, so we could be knocking on the door of record warmth.
Still being in early October, we continue to monitor the tropics. Right now, there’s only one system in the Atlantic basin that’s got our attention.
An area of interest is off the Carolina coast that the National Hurricane Center is saying that there is a 40 percent chance of developing into a subtropical system in the coming days. This complex of showers and storms is expected to skirt the coast this weekend bringing squally weather to the OBX. Into next week, it is expected to move away from the coast. Still, it bears watching.
So, while today won’t be a great day for outdoor activities, I do think we’ll salvage the second half of the weekend, so if you can delay your outdoor fun for a day, I think Sunday will be drier with more sun.
Enjoy the weekend!
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