John Boyer’s forecast
Highs in the mid- to upper 90s, with humidity, on tap for next week.
Here comes summer. The hottest air so far this year will settle in across central Virginia early next week.
Plan for some mid- to upper 90s for highs and plenty of humidity, too.
Fortunately, Father’s Day weekend is shaping up to be dry and the heat won’t be in full force yet.
There isn’t much excitement in the local weather scene for the next few days as high pressure builds down from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic and clears the rain chances off to our south.
A breeze from the north will bring us drier, pleasant-feeling air for the rest of the workweek.
Expect a picture-perfect Saturday (finally) with sunshine and a high in the mid- to upper 80s.
Once high pressure reinforces over the Southeast and southwesterly winds kick back in, the heat will be on.
There will be a noticeable uptick in the heat on Sunday.
Plan for a mostly sunny Father’s Day with upper 60s at daybreak and lower 90s in the afternoon.
A few afternoon showers may pop up across the mountains or in Northern Virginia, but there isn’t much of a sign that rain would spoil plans here in central Virginia.
The hottest days in the forecast will be Monday and Tuesday.
Highs in the mid- to upper 90s each day combined with dew points in the lower 70s should make for a midafternoon heat index of 100 to 105.
The mornings won’t bring much relief: We’ll start out with lows in the lower to mid-70s in the first half of the workweek.
As it stands, the forecast won’t take us into record territory, but the readings will be about 10 degrees warmer than the mid-June average.
It’s about time for this sort of heat to flare up, but it probably won’t stay in the upper 90s all the way through next week.
The ridge of high pressure will ebb and allow a front to nudge in sometime midweek.
It should be too far north to bring widespread storms to Virginia on Monday, but one or two might randomly pop up in the unstable, muggy air.
Whenever that front closes in — maybe late Tuesday, maybe Wednesday — it will bring an uptick in storminess and knock temperatures down a bit in the days that follow.
The sticky air will probably last throughout the week, even if temperatures back off to the lower 90s.
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