Read the latest StormTrack 5 Forecast
90° HEAT AND HUMIDITY STICKING AROUND THROUGH SUNDAY
A POP-UP SHOWER OR TWO EXPECTED
DAILY SHOT OF RAIN NEXT WEEK - STILL HOT AND HUMID
Tonight: Any stray storms taper off after sunset. Otherwise, warm with patchy fog. Lows 66-72. Light wind.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Very hot and humid. A few PM storms, especially near mountains. Highs 88-95. Light wind.
Sunday Night: Mainly clear with patchy fog overnight. Lows 65-70. Light wind.
Monday: Mix of clouds and sunshine. Hot and humid again. Scattered PM thundershowers possible. Highs 87-94. West wind less than 10 mph.
The heat is on yet again! Saturday was the hottest day in our area since July 7th of 2012. In addition, we've hit the 90° mark *24* times in the last 53 days - putting us way ahead of pace for a 'normal' summer.
A few showers have developed in the area this afternoon, especially near some higher elevations in southwest Virginia. Anything that's formed will quickly dissipate around sunset. Otherwise, we expect a calm night with patchy fog by sunrise.
We'll be sure to hit 90° again on Sunday in the Tri-Cities. Rain chances remain about the same as today - widely scattered and mainly confined to the higher terrain.
Brief downpours and even some hail in spots are possible. Keep in mind that most of the weekend will be dry and that not everyone will get rained on - but any time there's heat and humidity, you have that chance at a storm popping up.
We also have to keep in mind the air quality, with this oppressive heat and humidity. As of right now, an air quality alert is in effect for our region. If you suffer from asthma or have lung disease/heart problems, you should limit outdoor activities on days like today and tomorrow. Be sure to stay hydrated, and have a way to stay cool these next few days!
A front gets closer to the area on Monday, and then just hangs out over us Tuesday and Wednesday - giving us a better shot of showers in the middle of the week.
A late week storm system looks to march eastward, putting us in a chance for rain Thursday through Saturday. Where exactly that storm system tracks will ultimately determine how much rain we get later in the week. Stay tuned.
Temperature Outlook: Highs in the upper 80s to mid 90s and lows near 70 each of the next seven days.
Our average high is 86°, low 64°.
Meteorologist Chris Michaels
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