Heat Wave Gets Underway

WOAY-TV (Oak Hill, WV): The heat wave gets underway today, with one or two storms likely this afternoon.

Monday, June 17:

Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill discusses the latest information with the heat wave and a social media post circulating about a potential derecho later this month on the morning show at Lake Country 95.7 FM (one of WOAY’s weather radio partners):

Sunday, June 16: Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill has the latest on the expected heat wave:

MONDAY: The day will start out quiet with a few clouds. Between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., expect a thunderstorm near or over your property. If you don’t see rain, you will hear thunder and see lightning. Rain will last for 20 minutes with very heavy rain rates that will trigger standing water. These thunderstorms will be quite isolated, with the best chance along Route 19 and I-77. The high temperature before a shower or storm hits will be 85 degrees, with heat index at 90 degrees. NO breeze and very muggy on Monday.

MONDAY EVENING AND OVERNIGHT: Expect dense fog in the New River valley and where thunderstorms occur earlier in the day. Temperatures will drop back to about 68 degrees.

TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: This will be the crux of the heat wave with high temperatures each day at 90 degrees and heat indices around 92-95 degrees. No rain is expected. The warmest days will be Friday and Saturday. A gusty storm could occur late Saturday. Humidity drops a smidge and we will see a Southeast breeze, but it’ll be a hot one!

SUNDAY: An approaching cold front will likely trigger showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rain and gusty winds. Sunday stands the best chance of severe weather.

MONDAY: One final round of showers is possible, but temperatures return to the seasonal low 80s.

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