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Tropical Storm Ida forms; could bring rain and heat relief next week

Above average heat and humidity linger into the weekend
Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 3:50 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2021 at 9:24 PM EDT
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  • Temperatures climb to the 90s through Saturday
  • Heat index 95-105°
  • Tropical Storm Ida forms in the Caribbean

Scattered showers and storms are developing once again this afternoon due to the heat and humidity. These are mainly limited to isolated pop-up showers and storms which develop during the afternoon and then fade away into the evening. Any prolonged downpours may lead to localized flooding.

Tropical Storm Ida formed Thursday just south of Jamaica and is forecast to strengthen to a hurricane as it makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend. A landfall along the Gulf Coast near Louisiana is possible. The remnants of this system could further bolster our rain chances next week as it gets caught up in the front.

THE WEEKEND

A high pressure system positions itself off the southeast coast bringing another round of sweltering heat Saturday and Sunday. Highs in mountains reach the mid 80s, with 90s across the east. Not only do we have the heat, but also the humidity. This may lead to heat index values (feels like temperatures) well into the upper 90s.

Any storms on Saturday and Sunday will be isolated, but a few more are possible Sunday over Saturday. The best chance of rain resides along the Interstate 64 corridor during both afternoon.

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NEXT WEEK

Our weather next week will likely be increasingly dependent on the remnants of Ida which is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast late Sunday. As the storm pushes inland, most models suggest we would be impacted by Tuesday and/or Wednesday with rain. As far as how much and any severe impacts, it’s still a little too soon.

Be sure to check back through the weekend as we begin to nail down the track and what happens after landfall.

Ida may bring rain to the region next week along with cooler temperatures.
Ida may bring rain to the region next week along with cooler temperatures.(WDBJ)