The week ahead: How long it will stay humid, when storms will return

Posted at 8:13 AM, Aug 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-16 23:53:46-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- High temperatures hit or surpassed 90° across much of central Virginia on Sunday.  Onshore winds kept coastal communities in the low to mid 80s.


Heat and humidity levels will increase some more for Monday.  A few disturbances for the week ahead will keep temps down a little Tuesday and Wednesday, thanks to extra clouds and the chance for scattered storms.  Highs will jump back into the 90s Thursday ahead of a cold front.  Behind this front, there will be a very minor drop in temps for the end of the week.


It will remain on the muggy side much of the week.  The frontal passage Thursday night will do very little to drop humidity levels.


A couple of storms will be around I-81 Monday afternoon, but there will be the better opportunity for scattered storms across the entire area Tuesday and Wednesday.  More storms will be possible later on Thursday as a cold front approaches.  Due to the high humidity, storms will produce locally heavy downpours.  A few of the storms late Thursday could be strong with powerful wind gusts.


The longer range computer models are suggesting no prolonged cooler periods before the end of August, keeping temperatures near or above normal.