Pinpoint Weather: Very hot weekend with isolated storms, Ida intensifying
Hot pattern continues today and will get hotter over the weekend. Highs are expected to be in the 90s once again and the threat for strong pop-up storms along the Appalachian Trail seems to be the case. The storms will taper off after sunset but will be slow movers and may generate some gusty winds along with some minor flooding. A complex to our north will also be part of the equation today as some storms may develop in Northern Virginia and some outflow may drop into our northern counties.
Saturday will be another day with very hot conditions, possibly the hottest day of the year. Humidity levels over our Piedmont locations may top 100 degrees for several hours so prepare for the heat this weekend. Sunday will be no different. Heat and humidity continue to be oppressive and storms will be few and far between but very robust when they do form.
Monday has us in the 90s again with storms developing in the heat of the day and maybe strong with gusty winds and heavy rain.
Tuesday, we start to keep an eye on Ida, a very formidable storm that is forecast to make Major Hurricane status as a Category 4 hurricane before making landfall somewhere along the coast of Louisiana. The track brings Ida on a path toward the Commonwealth by mid-week so heavy rain and wind will be the result. The track is not finalized but a number of long-range models have Ida over our region Wednesday and/or Thursday. It is going to be an aggressive week ahead if Ida stays true to the track. Plenty of updates between now and then.
Stay safe, cool, and hydrated.