Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Excessive Heat Watch is in effect for Thursday

In anticipation of the dangerous combination of high heat and humidity at the end of this week from a broadening high pressure ridge, an Excessive Heat Watch is in effect for Thursday's expected heat indices (in the shade) of 105-110 degrees. This watch may be expanded into more of central Virginia, but here's the map of affected counties and cities for now:

Heat indices by Friday could be as high as 115 degrees in central Virginia, including the Richmond Metro, and won't return below 100 until next week. Click here to learn more about the Heat Index and how to stay safe through this weekend with the approaching dangerous heat wave. Stay with CBS 6, we'll keep you ahead of the storm!
--Meteorologist Carrie Rose

Severe storms are possible Tuesday

In a hot, humid, unstable air-mass this afternoon and evening, scattered strong to severe storms are possible in Virginia, aided by a surface cool front to our north and a wind shift this afternoon from the northwest. Storms should initiate (develop) around 1-2PM in western Virginia, and track southeast into the rest of central Virginia this afternoon and evening.
Not everyone will get storms, but those of you who do can expect heavy downpours, frequent lightning, gusty winds, and some hail. The severe thunderstorms will be capable of damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph and hail larger than an inch in diameter.

We'll be closely monitoring the severe threat this afternoon. If you're on Facebook, be sure to "Like" our Facebook pages for updates (click here for Chief Meteorologist Zach Daniel, click here for Meteorologist Carrie Rose, and click here for the CBS 6 Storm Team Page). Stay with CBS 6, we'll keep you ahead of the storm!