Heat and humidity return this week

Highs back in the upper 80s and lower 90s with late week rain possible
Published: Jul. 5, 2021 at 5:16 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2021 at 6:13 PM EDT
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  • Sunny, hot, and humid weather continues
  • Tracking Tropical Storm Elsa
  • Late week rain and storms likely

Skies remain mostly sunny and hazy into the evening with temperatures peaking in the low 90s. Lows tonight only slip to the 60s.


The humidity continues to rise today leading to a hot and humid day. Afternoon highs return to the mid to upper 80s with lower 90s along and East of the Blue Ridge. Rain chances will remain limited to the higher elevations with most dry and mostly sunny. A slightly higher rain chance is possible by Wednesday afternoon as a front approaches from the Northwest and Elsa slides up from the South.

Locally, rainfall from Elsa will be less than .50", with the greatest impacts along the...
Locally, rainfall from Elsa will be less than .50", with the greatest impacts along the southeast coast.(WDBJ)


The second half of the week remains influenced by an approaching cold front along with tropical moisture from Elsa. The current forecast has Elsa making landfall along Florida’s west coast by midweek, then moving northward into eastern North and South Carolina Thursday and Friday.

Most models have favored a more southerly path away from our area with Elsa passing to our east. Still, the combination of additional tropical moisture and a nearby front should increase our afternoon storm chances Thursday into early Friday. Winds are not likely to be an issue other than in any stronger storms. Rainfall will generally be less than .50″ with the frontal passage except for any storms.


The weekend brings a return of the muggy, summer humidity along with afternoon highs in the upper 80s. Skies remain partly sunny with a few scattered showers and storms.