Summer storms bring localized downpours

Afternoon storms likely through Friday
Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 3:44 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2021 at 10:29 PM EDT
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  • Showers end this evening
  • Warm, muggy air lingers
  • Henri remains off the East Coast

Humid air and a slow-moving storm dumped extremely heavy rain over the city of Roanoke Thursday evening. Areas downtown saw 1-3″ of rain in less than an hour.

Any scattered showers and storms will taper off through the evening with skies remaining partly cloudy. A few areas that received rain may experience patchy fog. Lows slip to the upper 60s to low 70s tonight.

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The remainder of the week returns to a more typical summertime pattern with increasing temperatures along with scattered showers and thunderstorm chances. Afternoon highs return to the upper 80 and even a few low 90s across the Southside. The summer humidity also sticks around into the weekend. We’ll see increasing clouds Thursday with a good chance of a few showers and thunderstorms. We’ll see more numerous showers and storms on Friday.

Grace appears to track towards Mexico to end the week and will bring little to no impact to our immediate forecast. In addition, Henri remains south of Bermuda. It may move close to the Mid-Atlantic coastline, allowing for rough waters, but it’s the Northeast that should be watching this storm closely into this weekend.

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A ridge of high pressure will build through the weekend with a limited chance of rain. Afternoon highs return to the upper 80s along with humid conditions.

Temperatures remain near 90 this weekend with a few stray storms.
Temperatures remain near 90 this weekend with a few stray storms.(WDBJ Weather)

Early next week, the high continues to build over the area meaning we’ll be back to hot and humid afternoons with stray showers and storms.