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Hot, humid week with welcomed afternoon storms

80s and 90s return with daily storm chances
Published: Aug. 9, 2021 at 3:40 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2021 at 6:41 PM EDT
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  • Dangerous heat index WED-THU
  • Afternoon storm chances
  • Tropical Storm Fred could be developing

Aside from a stray thunderstorm, skies remain partly cloudy to mainly clear overnight with quite a bit of haze. Lows slip to the upper 60s to low 70s.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY

Expect a muggy start to the day with the sunrise temperatures around 70°. Since the heat and humidity will be so high we can’t rule out isolated storm chances during the afternoon/evening hours. The best chances will likely be along and west of the Blue Ridge between 2 p.m. and 7p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

The heat combined with the humid air will bring feels like temperatures into the mid/upper 90s.
The heat combined with the humid air will bring feels like temperatures into the mid/upper 90s.(WDBJ)

THURSDAY - FRIDAY

The heat and humidity will continue for the rest of the week with afternoon highs above average, along with extremely humid conditions. The heat index will make it feel well over 100° at times, especially across the Southside. Storm chances also remain scattered during the afternoons.

Along with the heat, 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.

TROPICAL STORM “FRED” LIKELY TO DEVELOP

After a historically active start followed by a lull in July, it’s becoming clear the tropics are getting active again for August. The National Hurricane Center is following Potential Tropical Cyclone Six which will likely become Tropical Storm Fred Tuesday. The 5-day track brings it closer to Florida by the weekend.

Beyond the weekend, it’s pure speculation regarding any impact on our area as a result of the tropics. We could certainly stand to see some tropical rain. Several models suggest rain may impact the southeast. However, if anything makes it here. it wouldn’t likely be until mid-to-late next week.

We could have Tropical Storm Fred as early as Tuesday.
We could have Tropical Storm Fred as early as Tuesday.(WDBJ Weather)