We may still be two weeks away from the official start of summer, but our weather will certainly be feeling like summer is already here.
Starting today, we can expect the chance for showers and thunderstorms each afternoon – at least through the upcoming week. We’re not anticipating any widespread severe weather, but we also cannot rule out the threat for gusty winds, some small hail and locally-heavy rainfall for locations that happen to be underneath one of these storms that move through the area.
Any rain we do get will be beneficial as our drought monitor is becoming more active in the region – meaning, all locations in the region are dealing with at least abnormally dry conditions. The eastern part of the region is under Moderate Drought criteria.
Another aspect to the weather that you’ll notice, is the increased humidity. It will be a bit more sticky outside today, which will continue through the upcoming week. Once dew points climb above 60, that’s when you really start to notice the humidity levels. Dew points above 70 feel sultry.
As far as temperatures go, we can expect highs to be a bit above the normal which, in Roanoke, is in the lower 80s. We’re looking for highs in the mid-to-upper 80s through the upcoming week, so it won’t be significantly above normal, but above the averages nonetheless. We may see highs falling a bit back closer to normal into next weekend.
Besides that, there really isn’t much else going on. Any outdoor interests should plan on having a contingency plan for the threat for passing showers and thunderstorms each afternoon through the week. No one day will be a washout. We’ll be looking at generally dry conditions during the morning hours. As heat builds during the day, that will help to destabilize the atmosphere which will allow for the development for showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon – likely to dissipate around, or shortly after sunset.
So, no need to cancel any plans, but just be ready for the chance for showers and storms to delay any outdoor fun through the week.