Staying Very Hot and Humid


DISCUSSION: A Heat Advisory is in effect for Raleigh, Fayette, and Wyoming counties until 8 PM Saturday evening. Temperatures will be in the upper 80s and low 90s and our heat index will likely be in the mid and upper 90s. We could even see heat index values as high as 100 in some spots.

Current heat alerts for our region.

Heat safety is the big story for today and tomorrow. Highs both days will be near 90, allowing for heat index values – our feels like temperature – to be in the mid 90s and low triple digits. Try to avoid strenuous outdoor activity and stay hydrated!

Relatively quiet conditions hold for the overnight hours. Some clouds are possible, but we should stay almost totally dry. Lows struggle to make it out of the 70s. Some fog will be possible in the valleys, but it will not be quite as widespread as previous nights.

Tonight’s Forecast

The warm, humid days are likely to continue into the weekend. While rain chances get dropped back a little bit, we trade out the cloud cover for sunshine and high temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s for Saturday afternoon. With dew points near 70, it will feel like 90 degrees or warmer just about everywhere. It will be a good idea to try to avoid strenuous outdoor activity during our peak heating hours of 10 AM to 2 PM. Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings will be in effect until 8 PM.

A hot Saturday.

A more defined weather system is slated to roll in at the beginning of the work week, bringing an influx of moisture by Sunday. Shower chances increase Sunday, especially in the afternoon. High temperatures will be a little lower than Saturday in the mid 80s, but it will still feel hot outside. Spotty showers are expected later in the day.

Rain chances return on Monday afternoon. It looks like another typical summer day where we warm quickly, build in moisture, and then watch the mountains fire off a few showers or storms in the afternoon and evening. Highs will still be in the 80s. We watch our next system gradually move closer as the day goes on. Some stronger storms may be possible Monday afternoon.

A front will be on deck to roll through some time Tuesday. Rain and thunderstorms will be possible. Depending on the timing of the front, we may be talking about some stronger thunderstorms. Highs will be in the low 80s. Showers may be ongoing by daybreak. This could allow for quieter conditions by the afternoon. We’re watching the timing closely.

We’re trending cooler for the middle of next week.

This frontal passage marks our first cooler, drier stretch of the summer. Highs will fall into the 70s on Wednesday with some spots in the high peaks struggling to make it past 70 degrees. Humidity gets knocked back quite a bit with dew points in the low to mid 50s.

More dry time is expected Thursday. We also keep humidity low. Some spots might even be in the mid 50s to start off our day Thursday! Ample sunshine warms us back to near 80 degrees, which is average for this time of year. Dry conditions are expected.

We’re still about a month out from Friday night football, but the weather on Friday might make you miss it and feel a bit nostalgic. A dry, less humid day is looking likely again on Friday. This will lend itself to a very comfortable evening with low temperatures falling quickly into the 50s and 60s. It’ll be a great night to grill or hang out with some friends.

More warmth appears likely through the second half of the month. Average highs are the warmest that we see in our region through the start of July and into the middle of the month. Humidity is here to hang out in the Two Virginias, bringing a more summer-like feeling to the region. We are entering that time of year when we keep the moisture around and deal with spotty afternoon showers almost every day.

Quite warm. Dry. Lows in the 70s.
Some dry time with some afternoon showers. Highs in the 80s. Some spots close to 90.
Rain possible. Highs in the 80s. 
Thunderstorms expected. Highs in the 80s.
Staying warm and unsettled to start, drier later. Highs in the 80s.
Not as warm or humid. A little drier. Highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.
Looking dry with high in the low 80s.
Still dry. Highs top out in the low 80s.
Dry stretch continues. Highs in the 80s.

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