High pressure is building in, bringing sunny and hot conditions to the region.
Rain chances are on the low end for this weekend. Mostly sunny skies are expected across Southwest and Central Virginia. However, the hot and humid conditions will make it feel uncomfortable outside. Dewpoint temperatures will be near the 70 degree mark, so the air will feel muggy at times. Remember to stay hydrated if you plan on being outdoors for a prolonged period of time.
The hot and sunny conditions will continue into Sunday, although there is a slight chance for showers in our northern-tier counties. While temperatures will stay on the warm side for the new work week, rain chances will also return to the forecast. Some of the showers and storms could be remnants of Barry.
Moving to the tropics: Hurricane Hunters have reported that Tropical Storm Barry is strengthening. Forecasts are suggesting Barry could upgrade to a category one hurricane between Friday morning and Saturday morning just before making landfall. Barry is still in the Gulf of Mexico and moving toward the west-northwest. A track toward the northwest is expected today followed by a turn to the north Saturday. On the current NHC forecast track, the center of Barry will be near of over the central or southeastern coast of Louisiana tonight or Saturday, and then move inland into the Lower Mississippi Valley Sunday. Extreme amounts of rain and a strong storm surge is expected to have disastrous effects on parts of the Gulf Coast. As for Southwest and Central Virginia, it looks like we’ll be seeing the effects of Barry late next week in the form of showers and storms.
Meteorologist Kara Thompson
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