This week we are in a for a stretch of Summer-like weather with highs in the upper 80s and low 90s. We will have just enough moisture and lift to generate mainly afternoon and evening thunderstorms most days. Monday afternoon and evening there is a Slight Risk for severe thunderstorms for all of Virginia.
I expect thunderstorms to initially develop in western Virginia during the peak afternoon heating, then intensify as they track east-southeast through central Virginia this evening. The threats associated with these storms, which may combine into one squall line, will include damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, large hail an inch in diameter (quarter-size hail), frequent lightning and torrential downpours. Although an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, that threat appears low today. Thunderstorms are expected to exit east into the Bay after 9PM, with quiet weather overnight.
Here is an hour-by-hour forecast during the time storms are expected in central Virginia.
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