Pinpoint Weather: Summer pattern of heat and humidity remains, isolated storms persist each afternoon
The pattern over the Commonwealth is stagnant with high pressure off the coast of the Carolinas, the Bermuda High, and low pressure creeping in from the west. These two upper-level features are combining to keep us hot and humid. The occasional pop-up storm is also likely for the next few days as we are in the mid-latitude equivalent of the doldrums. Not really, but the doldrums are an area near the equator with little wind and little change with occasional storms. A bit of a stretch, but not too bad. Anyway, it does appear that we will achieve the 90s each of the next few days with some isolated storms popping up in the afternoon, mainly over the mountains.
The best chance for rain and storms today are west of the 81 corridor and the SPC has placed us in the Marginal Risk Category today west of the Blue Ridge with strong storms developing some gusty winds near 60 mph.
Each day I do expect to see a bit of a shift in the location of the rain, but SW VA has been the focal point for the storms the past few days and that may not change much. Expect to see some minor flooding if the storms pop up Where You Live as there will be brief periods of heavy rain that may overtake some roads and low-lying areas as well as small streams and creeks. Don’t expect much relief from the heat as there is nothing to change the overall pattern.
Wednesday looks similar to today and Thursday will be similar to Wednesday. Highs near 90, plus or minus a degree or two, and humidity levels that will be noticeably oppressive. Thus far the National Weather Service has not placed us under any heat related advisories, and I expect that to continue. But it is still hot and we need to hydrate and stay safe.
By the weekend we should start to watch a surface front that will move through on Sunday. Ahead of the front will be some strong storms that may be a bit widespread. The front may provide a bit of relief from the 90s but only down to the middle 80s to start next week.
Timing is everything is the world of weather, but for now we wait until later in the week to get a better handle on the front. Until then, pop-up storms, heat and humidity will be the order of the day.