Get ready for a hot weekend! Actually, it’ll be hot for the next several days. High pressure is dominating at the surface, but it’s also dominating in the upper levels of the atmosphere. This will be the theme now through Monday as the core of the upper level high slides over our area.
The upper ridge of High Pressure is basically a “heat dome” that’s keep the Eastern 1/2 of the U.S under unseasonably hot conditions as the air is sinking & warming up. Notice all of the heat advisories & warnings in place from the Midwest to the NE (above graphic). Plus, it’s muggy…leading to High Heat Index Values.
Locally, the heat index will climb to around 104° – 105° for Sunday and Monday. This type of heat can make you sick if you’re not careful. So, here’s a little reminder regarding heat safety:
Thankfully, the upper level “heat dome” will gradually begin to slide back west by Tuesday & Wednesday. So, it’ll get a little cooler by the 4th of July. Regardless, plan for a series of very hot days…and don’t expect much rain relief.
Rain chances don’t really climb up until Friday when a cold front slides into our area. Watch Meteorologist Ashley Baylor tonight on WAVY 10 & FOX 43 for updates on this HOT forecast.
-Meteorologist Deitra Tate