First Alert Weather Day: Heat, severe storm risk Thursday

Damaging wind gusts and an isolated tornado will be possible with storms that develop Thursday evening.

Tracking extreme heat plus an update on tonight's severe storm risk

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Today is a First Alert Weather Day for an isolated strong storm possible through the evening. Mainly focused towards northern VA.

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 10 p.m. for Spotsylvania and Orange counties as well northern VA, meaning conditions are favorable.

An enhanced risk for strong to severe storms will be likely northeast of Richmond and up towards northern VA. That is the area highlighted in orange, which is a 3 out of 5 on the severe weather threat scale. Damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes can not be ruled out.

Northern VA is included in the highest threat level for this evening's storms.
Northern VA is included in the highest threat level for this evening's storms. (Source: SPC map)

There is a marginal risk (level 1 out of 5, areas shaded in green) for areas including Richmond and south. Slight risk for areas highlighted in yellow (2 out of 5 on the severe weather scale) include good areas north of Richmond. An isolated damaging wind gust and heavy rain will be possible with any storm that develops.

Here’s a quick look at the model forecast for this evening: Showing strong to severe storms are much more likely in northern VA.

HRRR model
HRRR model (Source: WWBT)

In addition to the threat for strong to severe storms, we also have a Heat Advisory.

11am-8pm Thursday. Heat index values up to 109°. Stay cool and hydrated!
11am-8pm Thursday. Heat index values up to 109°. Stay cool and hydrated! (Source: WWBT)

Afternoon high temperatures will top out in the low 90′s, but the humidity will make it feel worse. Heat index values could exceed 105°. Please stay cool and hydrated as best you can and don’t forget about your pets!

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