Hot Weather Comes Out From Hiding This Week, Drier Trend Ahead

Lynchburg, VA - After weeks of rain and flooding, the weather pattern is finally starting to change. By the middle of next week, highs in the 90s are possible with only isolated pop-up storms.

High pressure has been firmly established to our east, but not over the area since June. This has kept our area cooler and wet as the jet stream dips down ahead of the high pressure area.

Already we are seeing signs of a pattern change, however.

The area of high pressure is starting to build to the west, clearing out the skies and rain showers from east to west. As of Sunday, the cloudy and rainy areas were confined to Roanoke and points west.

From Smith Mountain Lake east into Bedford and Lynchburg, skies have cleared out nicely Sunday, another sign of the pattern changing for sunnier weather.

The trend will continue into the work week ahead, as the high builds in near us, it will deflect the moisture back to the west, and allow for hot weather, bottled up to our west, to finally get a chance to move in over the mountains all week.

Models into the ABC 13 Weather Center show lower 90s for highs by mid to late week for most areas with more sunshine that we've been used to.

Anytime you have heat in July, there is a chance of a pop-up, or isolated storm or two. That will be the case this week, but compared to the past month, we're looking at a hot and much drier forecast this week.

For the latest on the forecast, head over to the ABC 13 Weather Center page.

-ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton