Weather! Mild, rainy midweek; hot, humid by the weekend

While we’re currently stuck in a cool, damp pattern, we’ll break out by the weekend. A more summer-like pattern returns by Friday, ushering in some gorgeous warm, sunny weather just in time for the weekend.

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This week is a bit of a bland week, but summer-like weather will be back in full force by the weekend. Our lovely cold air wedge is now firmly in place, bringing in lots of cool, moist Atlantic air near the surface and setting up a thick layer of low clouds across most of Virginia. It’s going to stick around through Wednesday and Thursday, finally eroding in time for the weekend.

Wednesday: If you’ve been outside already today, then you’ve got a good idea of what to expect for most of the day. Overcast skies will persist through the day, keeping temperatures cool and a near-constant chance of some light isolated or scattered showers across the region. Temperatures will peak in the low 70s this afternoon, and dip into the mid 50s overnight.

Thursday: Some breaks in the clouds tomorrow will offer a few glimpses of sunlight again, but a passing disturbance will increase the risk for some showers or a thunderstorm or two later in the day. Coverage should remain scattered, however. The clearing tomorrow allows temperatures to bounce back into the upper 70s, and they’ll dive back to near 60 overnight as the chance for rain and thunderstorms diminishes after dark.

Friday: High pressure will begin to make a serious push back in from the west, finally clearing out a lot of the lingering low-level clouds. Skies will stay partly cloudy through the day, however, with highs in the low 80s. The return of drier air should keep rain out of the picture as well. Lows Friday night dip back into the low 60s.

The heat and humidity return as we fall into a more traditional summer-like pattern over the weekend. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s over both Saturday and Sunday, and will be in the lower 90s (that’s not a typo) by Monday and Tuesday next week.

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Weather Dan

Dan Goff is now a two-time former Richmonder, having departed the River City yet again in favor of southwest Virginia, where he is working on degrees in geography and meteorology at Virginia Tech. Have a question about the weather or weather-related phenomena?

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