First Warning Forecast | Heat Wave Weekend

90° Is The Target Each Day, With A Pop-Up Storm Your Only Relief.
Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 9:30 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2021 at 9:15 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The morning fog lifted quickly enough today, with hours of sunshine setting us on another path direct to the 90°-mark this afternoon. There will be a few pop-up showers and storms trying to cool some folks down, but most of us end up rain-free. Though the heat will obviously be a concern for folks trying to spend an extended amount of time outdoors this afternoon, (a) It’s not as oppressive as we had earlier in the week; and (b) it’s Friday, and most of us have some fun things they want to do. So whether it’s Live on the Levee, the Cupcake Festival, the Fly-In Festival, or all manner of rivalry football games, you’ll be pleased to know that any isolated storm will weaken after sunset and temperatures will drop back to a more comfortable level soon thereafter.

The weekend will continue the now-familiar pattern, with morning temperatures more comfortably placed around 70° before heading to 90° each afternoon. Most hours of each day will be rain-free, with only a few pop-up showers or storms to help out. It’s a good weekend for the backyard pool and barbecue, but any spectators of those Saturday ballgames had better be ready with the high-number sunblock.

Next week already looks interesting, and not just because it may continue our bizarre pattern of ‘heat wave’-’tropical system’-’heat wave’-’tropical system’ ... We’ve got “Ida” in the Caribbean Sea, about to move into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, and do so strengthening to a hurricane. Not only will we be on edge for a potential landfall on the Gulf Coast early next week, but its remnant rains will be flooding into the Tennessee Valley and then Appalachia in the days that follow. At least we can confidently say in that situation that we won’t be in the 90s!

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