Pinpoint Weather: Summer heat returns; storm chances gradually increase into the new week

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Sunday will start Sunny over most of the area. Some clouds will move in during the afternoon and there is a chance for a few pop-up showers and thunderstorms possible.

Highs on Sunday will range from the low-to-mid 80s in the mountains and into the upper 80s to lower 90s elsewhere.

Those kinds of temperatures will continue into next week. Some areas east of the Blue Ridge could see temperatures climb closer to the mid-90s by the middle of the week.

Humidity levels will also be increasing, so heat index values will be close to if not even a few degrees above the century mark – just to give us some added discomfort.

Storm chances into next week will also be gradually increasing. No day is expected to be a washout. In fact, each day should start out dry. By the time we get into each afternoon, that’s when storms will begin to fire. Abundant moisture (high humidity) will help to wring out that moisture, so locally heavy rain will be possible in any storm that develops. Frequent lightning and some gusty winds will also be possible with storms as we go through the upcoming week.

The tropics are still active, but instead of three potential systems we’re watching, that’s been reduced to two. Both systems in the central Atlantic will make an approach on the Leeward Islands and will bear watching.

So, this week…try and limit any outdoor physical exertion to the early-morning or late-evening hours to limit the threat for heat-related illness. It’s going to be hot and that heat isn’t going anywhere for at least the next week.

Gary Boyer

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