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A dangerous combination of heat and humidity

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Posted at 9:47 AM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 14:42:50-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The current weather pattern has locked us into hot and muggy weather. Heat and humidity are normal for this time of year, but this heat level is above normal.

The high reached 96° in Richmond on Friday, and the heat index maxed out around 106°. The normal high is 90°.

While it will still be muggy Saturday, the humidity levels won't be quite as tropical as Friday.

Even so, with highs in the low to mid 90s, the heat index will still be near or above 100°. A few spots could exceed 105°.

The heat will increase on Sunday with highs in the mid to upper 90s. The peak heat index will surpass 105° in some locations.

Monday will be the hottest day with highs in the upper 90s to around 100°. The heat index may break 110° in some areas. A heat advisory is likely.

Keep in mind that official temperatures and heat index calculations are taken in the shade. It will be even hotter in the direct sun. At no point should you leave any person or pet inside of a car without air conditioning in this type of weather.

Monday and Tuesday morning lows will be in the mid to upper 70s, and downtown Richmond may not drop below 80°.

Temperatures will drop slightly Tuesday into Wednesday, but the heat index will still exceed 100°.

The consensus of computer models are lessening the heat a bit towards the end of the week. We will continue to track this, because some models have the heat sticking through next weekend.

Isolated storms are possible this weekend, with better chances for scattered storms during the week. Due to the muggy air, storms will produce heavy rainfall. The storms will also drop the temperatures a bit, at least temporarily.

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