Heat rolls on; air quality alert for Sunday

The steamy weather will continue to march on right into the new week, with highs on the upper 90s and a heat index of 105 for most spots. Additionally, a code orange air quality alert is in effect for the Richmond area and surrounding counties for Sunday, from 8am through 8pm due to high concentrations of ground level ozone. We’ll see a slight chance for some isolated showers/storms Wednesday, but a better chance Friday afternoon and evening.

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After Wednesday, sun returns (and brings the sizzle!)

Other than a stray pop up shower or storm Wednesday afternoon/evening, we’ll stay dry the rest of the week, and really heat up as well. Highs will climb into the mid 90s by Thursday, then upper 90s this weekend. We could be looking at the heat index once again reaching 105, and heat advisories seem likely to be issued for parts of the area.
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Severe storm warning: Louisa/Cumberland/Goochland/Western Hanover/Amelia/Powhatan

…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 545 PM EDT
FOR SOUTHEASTERN LOUISA…CENTRAL CUMBERLAND…GOOCHLAND…WEST
CENTRAL HANOVER…NORTHWESTERN AMELIA AND POWHATAN COUNTIES…

At 517 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Montpelier to near Morven, moving east at 40 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Minor damage to vehicles is possible. Expect wind damage to
trees and powerlines.

These severe storms will be near…
Montpelier around 525 PM EDT.
Wyndham around 530 PM EDT.
Chula around 535 PM EDT.

Other locations impacted by these severe thunderstorms include
Angola, Maidens, Three Square, Hawk, Whiteville, Fine Creek Mills,
Michaux, West View, Grays Siding and Holly Hills.

6 Day Outlook: Drying out!

The afternoon and evening storms that have plagued us for the past week will finally take a hiatus and let us dry out for most of this coming week aside from a slight chance for some showers/storms with our next front arriving Thursday. Temperatures will start out in the 80s early in the week, then rise into the 90s later on in the period.

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The next three days look…

The next three days look much the same as the past several, with late day storms after a partly to mostly sunny day. After Saturday, the stalled out frontal boundary that brought us these storms will finally get a move on, and give us a short break from the boomers.
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Severe Weather Alert: Caroline/King William/Hanover/King and Queen

National Weather Service Wakefield VA
539 PM EDT WED JUN 20 2018

VAC033-085-097-101-202215-
/O.CON.KAKQ.SV.W.0062.000000T0000Z-180620T2215Z/
King and Queen VA-Caroline VA-King William VA-Hanover VA-
539 PM EDT WED JUN 20 2018

…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 615 PM EDT
FOR NORTHWESTERN KING AND QUEEN…SOUTHEASTERN CAROLINE…
NORTHWESTERN KING WILLIAM AND SOUTHEASTERN HANOVER COUNTIES…

At 538 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Dawn, or 8
miles east of Ashland, moving southeast at 20 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Minor damage to vehicles is possible. Expect wind damage to
trees and powerlines.

Locations impacted include…
Ashland, Randolph Macon College, Saint Stephens Church,
Mechanicsville, Hanover, Manquin, Beulahville, Dawn, Aylett, Kings
Dominion, Studley, Mangohick, Enfield, Etna Mills, Penola, Epworth,
Biscoe, Ashcake, Globe and Duane Fork.

Strong storms possible again today

Not as hot today (mid to upper 80s) but still plenty humid, and more late afternoon/early evening thunderstorms are likely, some of which could turn severe with torrential rain, strong winds, and frequent lightning, most likely in the 4 to 6pm time frame.