The area has been seeing above normal temperatures each afternoon for over a week, the storms have also been present and the dangerous heat levels are now in place. This has been a rough run of storms each afternoon, mainly hit or miss types but still very dangerous. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in place until 8 pm Friday night.
In addition to the storms, today we are now dealing with excessive heat as a heat advisory is in place for the eastern half of the Commonwealth, including the city of Lynchburg, Charlotte, Campbell, and Appomattox counties as heat index values cross well into the triple digits.
The western half of the Commonwealth is dealing with the ever-present pop-up storms that arrive around noon each day. The arrival early in the day helps to keep the temps down a bit, but the hot pattern is so robust that the highs are usually in the 90s anyway.
Saturday will be another stormy day, currently, the SPC has the eastern half fo the Commonwealth under a marginal risk for severe weather, but everyone needs to keep an eye out.
Bottom line is, the storms will continue on Saturday in the same way they have for the past 9 days. Keep an eye on the sky and stay safe. Damage to trees and powerlines has been occurring each afternoon in spots, so the danger of the storms is real.
So, when does the heat break? Looks like Sunday.
A cold front is expected to move through the area on Saturday night and finally put an end to this run of pop and drop storms. The front will be welcomed for the resulting cooldown, but there may be storm strong storms ahead of the line on Saturday. Highs on Sunday and Monday will mainly be in the upper 70s. The front then stalls out over North Carolina and we get rainy weather for a couple of days. The lawns need it, the gardens need it and the rivers and creeks will welcome a nice flow for a bit.
Unfortunately, the potential for flooding rain is on the heels of beneficial rains. Next week we keep an eye on Fred as there is a chance that the remnants of the Tropical Cyclone will be moving over the Commonwealth by Tuesday or Wednesday or even as late as Thursday. That will be monitored, but right now it looks like Fred will move through central Tennessee but be close enough for our mountains to get a good batch of rain.
Also, there is another tropical cyclone moving right along the heels of Fred.
John Carroll Chief Meteorologist