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Summer heat builds early this week

Rain chances remain limited
Highs climb into the 80s and 90s.
Highs climb into the 80s and 90s.(WDBJ7 Weather)
Published: Sep. 12, 2021 at 6:39 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2021 at 9:40 PM EDT
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MONDAY - TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY

With high pressure in control, our weather pattern will be pretty stagnant through the first half of this week. Heat will build with highs expected to return to the 80s and 90s. Mid-90s will be possible in spots east of the Blue Ridge.

During this warm stretch, our rain chances will continue to be very limited. It’s possible we could see an isolated shower or storm in the mountains by Tuesday, but overall chances really aren’t great thanks to the high pressure.

Tropics remain active and will bring more rain to the Gulf Coast.
Tropics remain active and will bring more rain to the Gulf Coast.(WDBJ Weather)

WILDFIRE SMOKE RETURNS

Smoke from western wildfires will remain over our area through Tuesday. While most of it will stay aloft, the air quality may take a slight hit the next couple of days with hazy sunshine likely. If you are extremely sensitive to the air quality, limit time spent outdoors.

Hazy sunshine and lower air quality possible early this week.
Hazy sunshine and lower air quality possible early this week.(WDBJ7 Weather)

REST OF THE WEEK

Eventually the high pressure system will break down some allowing for a more unsettled pattern. However, models remain uncertain on how it will all play out. Essentially Thursday onward will be fair game for pop up showers and storms, but no day really looks like a slam-dunk for those hoping for rain.

Highs will also return to more seasonable levels for mid-September thanks to additional clouds.

TROPICS

The tropics are still very busy. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring multiple areas of interest especially in the Gulf where a strengthening system is expected to become a Tropical Depression later today. This will likely bring heavy rain to location affected by Ida a few weeks ago. We will also be monitor an incoming cold front that may try to pickup some tropical air late next week. At this time there is a lot of uncertainty for the end of the week.

Flooding likely along Texas coast thanks to slow moving T.S. Nicholas.
Flooding likely along Texas coast thanks to slow moving T.S. Nicholas.(WDBJ7 Weather)