John Boyer’s fore­cast

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOHN BOYER

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.

Check Rich­ for John Boyer’s videos and fore­cast up­dates. Con­tact him at JBoyer@times­dis­


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