Hot again today, mostly dry as well


DISCUSSION:  At a glance, today will feel similar to Monday as far as temperatures go. Another hot one is definitely one the way, so keep the air conditioners on. Rain will be something we probably won’t see much, if any. Stronger high pressure will make it tough for any storms to pop, though one or two isolated storms are possible in the afternoon across the Virginias.

Hot, mostly dry today.

Everyone will be dry and even hotter as the middle of the week rolls around. Another strong ridge in the jet stream will build over the region, keeping the heat locked in and the rain chances very low. Highs for our area will range in the upper 80s to the low 90s from all the way into Thursday. We are on the home stretch, though! We will definitely be able to give our air conditions more of a break once we make it through this warm stretch.

Big cool-down on the way for Friday.

We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of a cold front late Thursday into early Friday this week. Though some showers will be possible with this system, most models aren’t showing anything too impressive as far as rainfall amounts go. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help our drought. However, much cooler air will arrive with this front, and that will certainly help our region start to feel much more like fall as we get into the first weekend of October.

Temperatures will be much, much lower Friday into next weekend though. It looks like most of us will struggle to make it above the 70 degree mark on Friday. Even into the weekend, highs in the upper 60s and low 70s will stick with us, which is a bit warmer but still very nice. Regardless, it will be some much needed relief from the heat that we can all appreciate.

Though shower chances are low this week, we will gladly take whatever rain we can get through the weekend and into this week. The latest drought monitor now includes our entire viewing area under the moderate drought.

Drought monitor.

Fall colors are starting to appear across the region. We are still a ways out from peak color, but you may notice leaves changing already. Most of the area will see peak colors by mid or late October. The further north you head, the quicker leaves change. With the dry spell we’ve been dealing with leaves can potentially fall before they even reach their peak colors, so some spots could be lackluster this year.

Expected Peak For Fall Colors
10 Day Forecast.

Mainly dry. Highs in the upper 80s.
Still dry. Highs in the upper 80s.
Shower possible, though mostly dry. Highs in the upper 80s.
Rain possible. Much cooler with highs in the low 70s.
Partly cloudy. Highs in the 70s.
Looking dry. Highs in the 70s.
Rain possible. Highs in the 70s.
Rain possible. Highs in the 70s.

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