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First Warning Forecast | Summer is Back!

Not that it ever really left, but it’s going to be hotter from here on out.
Published: Jun. 21, 2021 at 6:33 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2021 at 8:45 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Just as the temperatures this morning were pleasantly bumped-up from yesterday’s morning chill, we’ll have to apply that same adjustment to the afternoon temperatures given similar sunshine length and intensity. This would put afternoon highs back into the mid 80s, a seasonable number for this time of year but also squarely in “summer” territory. The heat is certainly something for which you always need to take appropriate precaution, but at the same time the fact that the humidity remains rather low will help significantly. It will be another exceptionally good evening for the concerts and festivals (we’re in full summer swing with that as well), but the overnights are going to start remaining rather mild. The A-C will be getting more of a workout in the days to come.

Friday will be hitting the upper 80s, with a bit more humidity, but still not enough to get showers firing. We will find ourselves sandwiched between an approaching front that is expected to stall to our northwest, and the growing expectation of afternoon storms firing on the southern mountains as the winds push up the slopes. The corners of our region may slip into a shower or two, but most of us will just find ourselves beating the heat. The weekend will also be full of temperatures racing toward 90°, with the ‘pop-up’ storms being our primarily relief valve... But there’s a growing suspicion that many will still end up rain-free the whole way through. If that happens, there will definitely be ‘heat wave’ talk.

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