UPDATE 4:15 PM: Summer doldrums continue: sticky days, scattered storms, a weak front every now and then
UPDATE 4:15 PM: An upper-level disturbance moving southeastward has enhanced showers and storms in Southwest Virginia this afternoon. A cluster of storms is likely to move through the Roanoke Valley by 5 p.m. Locally heavy rain and gusty winds are possible. Click on Radar/ Future Cast in right margin for latest radar END UPDATE
There’s nothing much new in the weather this week. The heat dome is stuck over the central U.S. — that will keep the hottest temperatures out there. We’ll be east of its core, which means occasional “cold” fronts will be pushed around the high pressure system’s clockwise circulation into our area. The next front arrives Wednesday (weather map inset at left), with a somewhat enhanced chance of showers and storms, and perhaps a 3-5 degree drop in high temperatures behind it. But overall, this week offers little variety. Highs in the 80s to low 90s across Southwest Virginia, discomforting humidity, and scattered afternoon hit-or-miss pop-up storms. We’re stuck in the summer doldrums.