The region remains stagnant with heat and humidity levels about the same each of the next few days. It will not be until the weekend that we start to see a shift in the weather scenario due to a cold front pushing through.
Thursday looks to be similar to every other day this week as the mercury in the thermometer will touch the low 90s and dew points will be in the middle to upper 60s. The dew points in the middle to upper 60s usually translate into a rather muggy day as it will push the “feels like” temperatures a few degrees above the actual temperatures. More moisture in the air inhibits the evaporation process and therefore our ability to cool as we sweat. Our bodies must work harder to cool our core temperatures so the amount of energy used to cool down is higher. A long mathematical equation has been developed to determine what the “feels like temperature” is, but the bottom line is we use more energy when it is humid.
Friday will be the same as Thursday so keep the same routine going. By routine, I mean that you need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, wear loose-fitting clothes, light-colored clothes to reflect the solar energy, and a wide-brimmed hat. Stay in the shade as much as you can.
Saturday looks to be the start of a changing pattern as a cold front moves in from the northwest. This will not actually cross the Commonwealth until Monday but there will be a bit more robust and widespread rain over the region as a result. Temps on Saturday will be a bit cooler but since the rain ahead of the front will not arrive until late in the evening, the heat is still on as temps hit the upper 80s.
Sunday looks to be the wettest day of the weekend as the front nears and taps into all the moisture lingering around. Storms will be off and on most of the day and there may be a chance for some localized flooding. Monday will see the frontal passage, and therefore will still be on the rainy and stormy side. Rain-cooled air will keep us in the middle 80s, but that is not much relief when you stop and think about it. Be alert for flooding on Monday as the rain will have been off and of for a couple of days.
Tuesday start to see a bit of a drying period as we warm back to near 90 by Wednesday.
Stay safe everyone.