High pressure will continue to pump hot & very humid air into the region throughout the week with a more southerly and westerly flow. That setup will bring a return of Gulf moisture and southern heat to the region. Temperatures will climb quickly during the mornings pushing into the 80s by lunch time. In fact, east of the mountains the heat index will be climbing well into the upper 80s and low 90s by lunch time! Much of the afternoon hours will be swelteringly hot with the heat index climbing into the mid and upper 90s and lingering there. The summer weather pattern we had last week with hot temps, high humidity, and the daily chance for some isolated to scattered showers or t’storms will repeat for the rest of the week. High temps will be in the low to mid 90s east of the Blue Ridge and the mid and upper 80s in the NRV and Highlands all the way through 4th of July weekend. Overnight lows will only fall into the 60s to low 70s through that time period as well which is a little above normal for this time of year. The SPC has much of the area under the marginal risk for severe thunderstorms today with damaging winds being the primary threat. The showers and storms that fire up in the heat of the day could also put down torrential rain so the threat for flash flooding will begin to rise for areas that see, or have seen, repeated rounds of heavy rain as of late. So far we’re not expecting a widespread, organized severe threat in the coming days but that doesn’t mean that an isolated storm can’t pulse into the strong to severe range so be very weather aware and download our app for your smartphone. You can set up the weather alerts to keep you ahead of the storms and use the interactive radar to help keep you safe.
4th of July week is a hard one for many of our furry friends with so many fireworks going off at all hours of the day. Many, many pets go missing during the week of the 4th of July due to being scared by the fireworks so be sure that every time you take your pet outside this week you have their collar and tags on just in case they bolt on you. If you do not have a fenced in yard you’ll want to be sure to keep their leash on and a goof grip on their leash again, just in case they try to bolt on you.
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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