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Toasty conditions with above normal temperatures; rain chances are still low into the work week

Another HOT and HUMID day is in store! Temperatures yesterday for most of the area hit in the lower 90s. We did have our lower elevation areas in the upper 90s, nearing the triple digits. Beckley hit a record yesterday for reaching 92 degrees. The record before was 88 degrees set in 1931. Bluefield, WV yesterday hit 89 degrees at the Mercer County Airport, which is the official temperature the National Weather Service uses. The airport temperature hasn’t hit 90 degrees since 2013. Today we have a potential to see a 90 there and maybe break the streak. We continue with the upper level ridge and high pressure over our area so we can expect the same conditions yesterday again today.

Starting off the morning, most of us are in the 60s, but there are a few 70s. Some dense, patchy fog is present on the eastern slopes. There is a potential we could see a few spotty showers and maybe an isolated storm or two this evening. This looks to be the same pattern as yesterday where most of the area continues to stay dry.

Heading into tonight, temperatures will be similar to last nights and we will have partly cloudy skies. Tomorrow, we cool slightly but are still considered very warm. Temperatures will be in the upper 80s and lower 90s with a few showers possible. Not everyone will see the showers because a cold front will hang more to our north allowing us to only receive a minimal amount of moisture.

On Saturday, a cold front from the Great Lakes will slice through us giving the best opportunity for widespread showers and a few storms. Temperatures will cool slightly over the weekend, but still we are warmer than average for this time of year. Stay cool and hydrated and treat today like a hot, summer day!

Catherine Maxwell

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