Another disturbance moving north-northeastward from the Gulf of Mexico is spreading some more rain over Southwest Virginia this Sunday evening. That will continue overnight and into Monday. The wedge that has kept things cool and wet this weekend is slowly eroding — it let some sun peek through in many areas for a while Sunday afternoon.
Never mind 90 degrees. Sunday, with both stations topping out at 71, was the sixth straight day at Blacksburg and 5th straight day at Roanoke to stay below 80 degrees. Normal highs this time of year are low 80s for Blacksburg and mid 80s for Roanoke. Hot weather actually has a fairly large fan base in Southwest Virginia, I have learned. Some folks love the cool temperatures of this summer even if they’ve grown tired of the wetness, while others miss the sunny, hot days that are usually much more common than this summer has produced. But there are some growing weather patterns than may bring us a taste of what summer is supposed to be over the next week or two before meteorological summer comes to an end Aug. 31. By later this week, high pressure building over the north-central U.S. will expand eastward, and this will allow hotter air to move into our region. Highs near normal in the 80s are likely several days this coming week, possibly as early as Tuesday, likely Wednesday through the weekend, and pushing into the low to mid 90s on at least a couple of days isn’t out of the question for the Roanoke Valley and points south and east late in the week. Daytime heating will certainly be able to cook up some scattered showers and storms most afternoons, but coverage of those will generally dwindle as the week goes along. Unlike the cool, damp weekend just past, next weekend may actually be August-like.