Weather Update: Get Ready to Crank Up The A/C!

WOAY-TV (Oak Hill, WV): We are only 48 hours away from the start of the warmest spell of weather since last year!

OVERALL PATTERN: After starting out in the low 50s with rain early Saturday, the sun makes several appearances after 8:30 a.m. and we make leaps and strides to 70 degrees. Sunday and Monday will be the warmest days with guaranteed 80-degrees. Dew points in the low 50s will keep the mugginess at bay. A weak and diffuse cold front with a shower or storm Tuesday afternoon will drop our temperatures back into the 70s for the remainder of the week. Next week is the perfect opportunity to test out your air conditioner unit and make sure it’s ready to go for summer!

POLLEN COUNT: The dry and very warm pattern will allow the pollen count to shoot through the roof, so keep that in mind, allergy sufferers.

UV INDEX: It will be high each day through Wednesday, so apply the sunblock or you could burn in 30-minutes, especially if you are fair-skinned.

BRUSH FIRE RISK: It will be elevated Sunday and Monday due to the warmth and humidity dropping to 30-percent each afternoon, so a brush fire that ignites could grow in size. Fortunately, wind gusts will not exceed 20 mph either day and the Long-Term Palmer-Drought Severity Index is in normal range, so the risk is not in the high category. Keep in mind the Burning Ban continues through the remainder of the spring season and is in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill has the latest:

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