Meteorologists say Memorial Day Weekend to feel more like July 04

Ridge of high pressure will produce temperatures in the 80s with widely scattered showers, thunderstorms
The Free Press WV

The Memorial Day Holiday Weekend is going to feel like a mid-summer weekend in the Mountain State.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Zweir says a high pressure system continues to create summer-like warmth but it’s not strong enough to keep the moisture from the south from creating pop up showers and thunderstorms.

“Temperatures this time of year are typically in the 70s. Each day you get a little bit warmer as we head into summer but we’ve been running in the 80s for quite a while and it continues this whole weekend,” Zweir said.

After a few days of tolerable humidity, the stuffiness was expected to ramp up Friday afternoon and stay that way through Monday. The rain will be scattered but any one storm could be severe, according to Zweir.

“Keep your eyes to the sky and if you see a thunderstorm or dark clouds approaching–if you’re outside doing something–find some shelter,” Zweir said. “There will be a chance for some lightening to come through which can be very dangerous.”

Those with outdoor activities scheduled though don’t have to worry about cancelling their plans.

“It’s definitely not a washout. It will be more isolated, scattered-type things so not everybody will get hit but some people will,” Zweir said.

The mountain counties will be the cool spot this weekend with temperatures topping out in the mid to upper 70s.

The warm air will continue to dominate the weather next week.

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