This week: Hot, humid and sometimes stormy
80s and 90s return with daily storm chances
- Mild, muggy night
- Typical summer heat this week
- Afternoon storm chances return
Skies will remain mostly clear overnight with mild lows into the mid to upper 60s in most places. Some patchy fog could develop in areas that saw rain.
MONDAY - TUESDAY
For the start of the week a typical summer pattern is expected with highs in the 80s and 90s and partly cloudy skies. With the heat and humidity being so high we cant rule out isolated storm chances for the afternoon/evening hours. The best chances will likely be along and west of the Blue Ridge.
WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY
The heat and humidity will continues for the rest of the week with afternoon highs above average with high humidity. We will be watching a slow moving front to our northwest. Many models have this front moving closer by Friday allowing for better chances and coverage of afternoon/evening storms. At this time there is a lot of uncertainty, but it will be something to watch.
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.
After a historic start and a lull in July the tropics have fired up again. At the time there are two systems being watched by The National Hurricane Center. Fred would be the next name on the list. Here is a look at the 5 day outlook: