The pattern for the week has been the heat and humidity firing up strong to severe storms in the afternoon each day. Today will be no different as the moisture and heat are in place to ignite a few rounds of heavy rain and strong storms. Highs will be in the low to middle 90s once again ahead of the stormy weather so if you have plans outside today, make sure to get them done before noon. Keep an eye to the sky if you are out and about as the storms pop up quickly and are violent in a hurry.
The good news about the storms today, if there is a silver lining to the clouds, is that this should be the last day with temps in the 90s. There will be a cold front arriving from the northwest late in the day, which will be partially responsible for the stormy weather, but also provide cooler conditions for Sunday. Expect to see a good deal of cloud cover Sunday and some more rain, but the highs will only be in the upper 70s to low 80s.
We do need to keep the umbrellas handy this weekend, but we will not be dealing with the heat and humidity Sunday.
Monday will be cloudy, mild, and rainy as a wedge of cool air pockets in behind the front. This will allow us to stay cool and cloudy. Expect to see off and on showers most of the day and possibly a few thunderstorms. In other words, the rainy pattern remains.
Then there is Fred. I expect to see the remnants of Fred arrive in the Commonwealth by late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Although not expected to move directly overhead, their tropical moisture will make its way into our viewing area, so I expect to see some heavy rain and possibly some flooding.
Enjoy the cooler weather on Sunday, but we need to be aware of the potential for flooding moving forward into next week.