Scattered rain showers are likely to linger into the overnight time frame and return on Tuesday. The rain will be beneficial to our budding crops and flowers and lawns as we have been a bit behind this month with respect to rainfall totals. Normally in Roanoke by May 17th we should be looking at around 2” or rain, but we have only measured 0.72” in the bucket. Today will get us closer to normal and tomorrow will help too, but we should still be a bit behind. Also as the day begins Tuesday, expect to see a good deal of fog and mist reducing visibility.
Tuesday looks to be another gray day with some showers and maybe an isolated storm over the mountains. This should be the last day of the week with measurable rain. Temperatures will be a couple of degrees below normal but that too will be the last time this week. A warming and drying pattern is slated to start Wednesday and possibly peak out in the 90s over the weekend.
Wednesday starts the drying pattern as well as the warmer one. There will be enough moisture at the lower levels of the atmosphere Wednesday to allow for some percolating cumulus clouds to develop in the heat of the day, but storms are not in the forecast. I am expecting highs in the low 80s on Wednesday with partly cloudy skies.
Thursday will be even warmer and Friday will be even warmer than Thursday. Again, the possibility of towering cumulus clouds in the afternoon is likely given the residual moister and the heat. A rogue storm is not out of the question for us this week in the afternoon, but pinpointing the storm will be very difficult. Best advice is to keep an eye on the sky each afternoon as “pop up storm” season is at hand.
Saturday and Sunday may see the mercury push past the 90° mark (maybe Friday), so make sure to get the HVAC system checked out. The meteorological summer officially begins on June 1, along with hurricane season, so it is time to start thinking about the heat and the storms that come along with the heat.
We are airing a special on June 1st about the upcoming hurricane season. Our show will focus on keeping you safe in the storms.