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Summer heat returns along with weekend showers for some areas

Temperatures warm by Friday
Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 3:41 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 11:08 PM EDT
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  • Rain chances remain limited Friday
  • Increasing heat and humidity
  • Rain chance across the Southside Saturday

TONIGHT

Isolated showers and storms are developing along the Interstate 64 corridor this afternoon and will remain scattered into the evening. Slow-moving downpours may lead to localized ponding water. Most of the activity should diminish after dark. Elsewhere, the forecast remains quiet and dry.

FRIDAY

A stalled front remains off the coast with the highest chances of showers and storms. Afternoon highs return to the upper 80s and even a few low 90s. With increasing amounts of moisture in the air you may notice more of a muggy feel. Shower and storm chances remain slim to none.

Low pressure moving up the coast may impact the Southside if it can move close enough. Overall,...
Low pressure moving up the coast may impact the Southside if it can move close enough. Overall, the region remains dry.(WDBJ)

SATURDAY

A low pressure system will move up the east coast throwing more clouds our way. This will hold down high temperatures into the low/mid 80s. In addition to the clouds, the coastal system may also bring rain across the Southside and Piedmont from Saturday morning into Saturday afternoon. Most areas outside of the Piedmont remain dry to start the weekend.

Rain may impact areas across the Southside Saturday morning into early afternoon.
Rain may impact areas across the Southside Saturday morning into early afternoon.(WDBJ)
The best chance of rain will be across the Southside early Saturday into Saturday afternoon.
The best chance of rain will be across the Southside early Saturday into Saturday afternoon.(WDBJ)

SUNDAY

Sunday will be hotter with highs in the low 90s along with increased humidity. Any storm chances will be limited in coverage and duration.

The trend next week is hazy, hot and humid with very limited storm coverage.

DROUGHT MONITOR

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor was released Thursday and expands the MODERATE DROUGHT across the southern Shenandoah Valley. More than 90% of Virginia is considered to be ABNORMALLY DRY. Most hometowns are between 2-5″ below average in terms of rainfall for the year.

The drought expands as rain chances remain limited.
The drought expands as rain chances remain limited.(WDBJ)