First Alert Weather Day: Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10pm
Heat index values will exceed 100° and there’s also a risk for severe storms this afternoon and evening
RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Today is a First Alert Weather Day and we have a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all of central and southern Virginia until 10pm.
The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded most of central and eastern Virginia to level 3 out of 5 enhanced risk for severe storms. That means numerous strong to severe storms are expected. Damaging wind gusts remain the main threat with those storms. Frequent lightning, large hail, and downpours will also be possible with these storms.
Unlike the last several days when storms were few and far between, we think coverage of potentially strong to severe storms will be greater late Monday afternoon into Monday evening.
If you have any outdoor plans, remember when thunder roars, go indoors. As soon as the sky starts to turn threatening, it is time to go inside a sturdy building.
It will also be the hottest day of the year so far for most locations across central and southern Virginia.
A Heat Advisory is in effect for Sussex, Greensville, Brunswick, Mathews, Gloucester and Surry counties from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday where the hottest temperatures are expected. High temperatures will reach the mid-90s, and it could feel like near 107° for a time. The rest of central Virginia will also be exceedingly hot and humid, with a heat index near or above 100° in RVA.
Use caution when outdoors, drink plenty of water, and take frequent breaks in the shade and air conditioning on Monday. Sunscreen is a must if spending any length of time outside. Also make sure to bring your pets inside where it is cooler and give them plenty of water.
Be sure to download the NBC12 First Alert Weather app to stay updated on the heat and storm risk!
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