The mercury in the thermometer is expected to be in the 80s this week as high pressure takes over for a while. The rainy and cool weather of last week is in the rear-view mirror and we are now looking at a summer-like feel to the region. Highs this week may reach the middle 80s, a temperature more likely found in late August rather than mid-October. The hold over from last week will be some pockets of dense fog overnight as the cooler air from the Atlantic is still expected to migrate our direction and get trapped under the dome of high pressure.
Bottom line is that we should be relatively quiet until a front arrives by late in the week. Record high temperatures may be hard to beat this week as most are in the upper 80s east of the Foothills. There may be a chance Thursday as the record in Roanoke is 86 and Lynchburg is 85.
A cold front is expected to arrive by the weekend, timing this far out is a bit tricky but it looks like Saturday is the consensus for the frontal passage. This means that there will be some clouds arriving ahead of the front Friday with a few showers. The best opportunity for rain is Saturday then another long run of dry air as another dome of high pressure arrives.
The temps will drop back to near or below normal by next week, so enjoy the mild pattern for now.
In the Tropical Atlantic there are two areas of concern, both are not very well organized at the moment but will be monitored closely by the National Hurricane Center.
Speaking of the tropics, today in 2018 the remnants of Hurricane Michael provided several inches of rain to the area. Sadly, there were five fatalities caused by flooding caused by Michael. More on this here on our website.
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