First Alert Weather Day: Isolated severe storms possible Wednesday

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Isolated severe storms possible

(WWBT) - Wednesday is being designated a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY due to excessive heat plus the potential for some isolated severe thunderstorms moving through our region later in the afternoon and early evening.

We are under a MARGINAL RISK (Category 1 out of 5) for severe storms from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC):

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid 90s on Wednesday afternoon ahead of an approaching cold front. In fact, much of Eastern Virginia including metro Richmond is under a HEAT ADVISORY from 11am until 8pm.

The combined effects of the high temperatures and high humidity will make it feel close to 105° if not higher for a time on Wednesday afternoon. The atmosphere will be quite unstable as that cold front approaches the region during the hottest part of the day.

While we are not anticipating a widespread outbreak of severe storms, there may be some individual storm cells that intensify rapidly in that hot and humid environment and become capable of producing DAMAGING WIND GUSTS. The current time frame for metro Richmond suggests we'll see our best chance from 4pm to 7pm.

It's something we will be monitoring closely and keeping you updated through the day Wednesday!

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