High heat and severe storms on tap for the weekend

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) —  We will stay 8News Weather Alert this weekend as a ‘Heat Advisory’ remains in effect and we will have a slight chance for severe weather both Saturday and Sunday.

Temperatures today will reach the upper 90s/low 100s, with heat index values from 105 – 109.

Forecast Summary

  • 8News Weather Alert Weekend
  • Heat Advisory today
  • Chance afternoon strong t-storms
  • “SlightRisk” severe weather this weekend

This morning will start off hazy with clouds building in this afternoon. A shortwave to the north will cause a group of showers and thunderstorms to skim the Mason-Dixon Line. This disturbance will lead to some afternoon showers and thunderstorms in our area, some that could turn strong to severe. However, increasing cloud coverage could limit the risk of severe weather for this afternoon. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms will form over the foothills around 2 p.m. this afternoon. By then, if they seem organized we will likely see showers/thunderstorms in Richmond between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Areas around the Northern Neck will see some rainfall closer to 5 p.m.

Showers and thunderstorms will begin to wrap up around 6 p.m. this evening in Central Virginia with the Northern Neck clearing up a little closer to 9 p.m.

Temperatures tonight will fall to the mid 70s.

We will have another chance for showers and thunderstorm Sunday afternoon as a weak cold front enters the region.

Main threats this weekend for strong/severe thunderstorms will be damaging winds and possibly large hail.

Temperatures will begin to cool back down next week to the mid 80s. Showers and thunderstorms may pop up on Monday and a few could turn strong. Otherwise, we will stay partly to mostly cloudy next week.

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