Strong storms are possible today but the heat remains a big concern.

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Not a lot is changing in the forecast for the next couple of days.  It’s another warm & humid start to the day and temperatures will be rising quickly. Once again air temps will warm up quickly during the morning hours and could top 90° in spots by noon time. The heat index will be topping 90 by lunch time in quite a few locations especially east of the Blue Ridge. Many of us will see highs in the 90s east of the Blue Ridge today with mid and upper 80s in the NRV and the Highlands regions. Showers and t’storms will fire up in the heat of the day and slowly drifting east and northeast, and I do mean slowly which means we could see some more localized flooding.  An isolated to scattered severe storm will be possible this afternoon with the best chances to the north but we will all have a chance that something could briefly pulse up to severe levels with damaging winds being the primary threat. As the sun goes down this evening the showers and storms will start to wind down but will fire up again tomorrow.  The remnants of Tropical Storm Barry will be pushing into eastern Ohio today which will bring some additional moisture and energy through the region. As we’ve seen as of late since there is quite a bit of moisture in the atmosphere for the storms to work with some of them will be quite efficient rain makers and may be quite slow-moving so localized flooding will once again be a concern.

As we head into Friday, Saturday, and even Sunday the heat and humidity will intensify and kick air temps up even higher.  Highs on Friday and Saturday will likely approach 100° in some areas east of the mountains and still be in the mid and upper 90s Sunday. With the humidity still quite high as well, the heat index values will likely be pushing into the low and mid 100s throughout much of the afternoon hours as well so we may see some heat advisories being hoisted by the NWS for those days. You’ll need to pay close attention to the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in yourself and those around you on those days.

It’s also that time of year that I need to remind folks to please, NEVER leave your kids or pets in the car. The interior of your car will heat up extremely quickly and reach dangerous, if not deadly, levels in a very short period of time. If you want to take the dog for a car ride than make it a dedicated ride for them, don’t stop for groceries or to pick something up. It only takes a few minutes for the temperature in your vehicle to reach those dangerous levels. If you have a small child be sure you double check the back seat when you get out.     

Meteorologist Jason Caterina

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