A cold front will move through central Virginia tonight, bringing relief for the rest of this week from the mid to upper 90s highs we've experienced the last several days. Ahead of the front, though, it will still be a hot and unstable environment in central Virginia. This will lead to the slight risk for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening:
The cold front should serve as the forcing mechanism for scattered strong to severe thunderstorm development this afternoon and evening. This means that your late afternoon/early evening commute could be a wet and stormy one!
Some of these thunderstorms will be capable of damaging wind gusts (straight-line winds and microburst winds) and large hail. Any of the storms, though, will likely contain heavy rainfall and frequent lightning.
The cold front should pass Richmond around Midnight tonight, with decreasing clouds into early Thursday morning.
Highs behind the cold front for the rest of the week should remain in the upper 80s and low 90s.
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--Meteorologist Carrie Rose