Pinpoint Weather: Possible record heat today as the hot and muggy pattern persists

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Not much change to the overall weather pattern as the region is under the influence of an area of high pressure overhead.  The air under the high sinks and compresses and as the molecules mash together they heat up. This will also keep the breeze down a bit so I am expecting a still day and night. The high should stay in place for the most part but generally be moving to the east.

Once the high clears the coast later this week, there should be a flow from the southeast that will migrate some moisture in from the Atlantic.  Showers and storms are likely to be a bit more prevalent along the Appalachian Range late Wednesday and Thursday.  Nothing more than the usual afternoon storms, and nothing that will be able to beat the heat.

Speaking of the heat, there will be a couple of records challenged today as the record high in Roanoke is 95 and in Lynchburg, it is 97.  These records are both obtainable today, but alas, there may be a new entry into the books by 6 pm when the climatological report came out.  Either way, record or no, it was hot.

This pattern continues into the rest of the week and into the weekend.  Later this week the upper levels join in with a ridge of high-pressure building over the region. This usually spells the mid-90s when the upper-level ridge this time of year parks overhead. Prepare for the heat and humidity as the ridge of high pressure sets up camp.

As for the tropics, there is some activity that the NHC is monitoring in the Atlantic. Three areas of concern at the moment in the Atlantic Basin, one north of Venezuela and two well out into the Atlantic.  None at the present time seem to be forecast to move toward the United States.

Stay safe, cool, and hydrated.

Never leave kids or pets in your car.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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