Pinpoint Weather: Persistent pattern of heat and storms through the rest of the week

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Strong to severe storms are expected to develop and push across the Commonwealth this afternoon and evening. The main issue with the storms will be the gusty winds, but heavy downpours and lightning will also be a concern. Look for the storms to linger after sunset then taper off.  There is a chance for some pockets of fog to develop late tonight into Wednesday morning so allow for some extra time during your morning commute.

Wednesday will be another hot one as we continue with the storms in the afternoon heat. This will be a bit less coverage than Tuesday but there is still a chance for strong storms in the heat of the day. Wednesday will see some storms as well and the SPC has placed the area north of I-64 under the Marginal Risk Category for severe storms, gusty winds the main threat.

The temps Wednesday will be in the middle 90s so we need to be aware of how the heat impacts us when we are outside. Take the appropriate precautions when working or recreating outside this week.

Thursday may be the hottest day of the week as the mercury will top out in the middle to upper 90s. Factor in the humidity and we are looking at nearly 100° heat index values. Storms are going to pop and drop a good deal of rain in a short period of time so minor flooding or flash flooding is possible.

Friday will be another hot one, not much change in the forecast pattern with highs in the middle 90s and afternoon storms.

Saturday, we start to notice a bit more widespread rain as a cold front approaches and is expected to cross late in the day or overnight into Sunday. This will be a decent amount of rain so the potential for flooding is there along with the slightly “less hot” conditions. Still looking at low 90s on Saturday.

Sunday starts the milder pattern as we see some spotty showers and temps in the low 80s. The front stalls out over North Carolina, so there should still be some rainy weather on Monday.

We keep an eye on our newest Tropical Storm, Fred. Fred should push into the Gulf of Mexico over the Weekend, but remnants may arrive in Virginia next week, maybe.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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