Pinpoint Weather: Storm chances increase in the mountains; summer heat continues to build

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As the weekend starts to wrap up, we’ll ramp up the chance for storms in the western part of the region.

Our mountain communities will have a chance for a few showers and thunderstorms on Sunday but that risk is less further east into the Piedmont. That’s not to say that a stray storm might not develop further east, but that risk is low (around 10% versus 30-40% in the mountains).

Sunday’s temperatures will be comparable to Saturday’s highs across the region.

On Monday, storm chances linger a bit in the mountains, but similar to Sunday, that’s where storms should be limited. Hazy sunshine can be expected elsewhere with highs gaining a few degrees from Sunday’s highs.

By Tuesday, the entire area is expected to be dry with hazy sunshine. Highs east of the Blue Ridge are forecast to be in the lower to middle 90s – more like mid 80s in the mountains.

On Wednesday, the storm chances increase slightly as a slow-moving cold front inches closer. Highs may drop off a few degrees from Tuesday’s peak heat for the week but we’ll likely still be in the upper 80s to lower 90s east of the Blue Ridge with 80s in the mountains.

On Thursday, that cold front that’s inching closer to our region is expected to stall out bringing us widespread shower and thunderstorm activity which will likely linger into Friday – maybe even into next Saturday.

Gradually, we’ll see highs dropping back from the upper 80s into the lower 80s (even 70s in the mountains) by next weekend.

So, if you’re venturing out for some outdoor fun, remember the sunscreen and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated!

Gary Boyer

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