Weather Update: Record Warm Week Ahead; Pattern Change May 6-9

WOAY-TV (Oak Hill, WV): The average high temperature through the end of the week will rank among the top three warmest on record for April 28-May 3.

This week’s very warm to hot weather will rank in the top 3 for warmest average high temperatures. Today’s high was 81 degrees. Monday’s high will be within a degree of the record high of 85 degrees, set in 2017.

The current top 3 records for the 6-day high temperature average (April 28-May 3) range from 75.8 degrees to 77.8 degrees set between 2012-2019.

Hydrate and stay in the shade as much as possible because the first heat snap of the season can be the most brutal since our bodies have not acclimated to the heat yet. Monday and Thursday will bring the best risk for heat-related illnesses. Heat indices will be similar to the air temperature thanks to dew points in the 50s.

A diffuse cold front will prompt a few showers, perhaps a thunderstorm, Tuesday afternoon and early evening. The next risk for rain will be Friday evening and Saturday with another frontal system.

LOOKING AHEAD: A strong signal for a developing Greenland Block pattern will allow cooler than average temperatures to push into the Great Lakes to Northeast May 6-9. Southern West Virginia will see temperatures return to average (Average high for that time period is 70 degrees and average morning low is 49 degrees).

Check out Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill’s latest forecast:

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