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Hottest temperatures of summer this week

A few storms are still possible today
Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 3:42 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2021 at 11:02 PM EDT
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  • Temperatures climb to the mid 90s (WED-THU)
  • Storm chances remain very low
  • Wildfire smoke returns late this week

TONIGHT

A broken line of showers and storms is developing tonight from leftover instability from our afternoon heat. These will have the ability to produce locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds, with any storms ending after midnight as they drift toward the Piedmont.

WEDNESDAY - THURSDAY

The mid-week forecast is all about the above average temperatures. A large ridge of high pressure will build over the Eastern half of the U.S. delivering some of the hottest temperatures of the year so far (See Below). Afternoon highs may end up in the mid 90s across much of the region. Heat index values could even reach triple digits in some spots. With a more stable atmosphere aloft, storm chances will be extremely isolated.

LOCATIONWARMEST DAY OF 2021 SO FAR
ROANOKE95°
LYNCHBURG95°
DANVILLE96°
BLACKSBURG88°

WILDFIRE SMOKE RETURNS

Smoke from the west coast and Canadian wildfires will approach the area once again this week. We’ll notice a hint of it in the air Wednesday with the thickest concentration on Thursday. There are still some questions as to how much may make it down to the surface to impact air quality levels. Either way, sunsets may become bright orange once again as the light bounces off the smoke particles.

Smoke from the West Coast is moving back in Wednesday and Thursday.
Smoke from the West Coast is moving back in Wednesday and Thursday.(WDBJ)

FRIDAY

Late Friday, another front will enter the region leading to additional storm chances. Depending on how far south it moves, we could be dealing with a few leftover showers/storms along the front Saturday as well. At this point, nothing more than typical, scattered afternoon storm chances.

A cold front will usher in a few storms Friday with cooler, drier weather this weekend.
A cold front will usher in a few storms Friday with cooler, drier weather this weekend.(WDBJ)

THE WEEKEND

By Saturday, the cold front will have dropped south of the area pushing out all the heat, humidity and wildfire smoke. This will allow for a very comfortable weekend with highs near average (upper 80s) and low storm chances.