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A few showers and thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon and evening, particularly across northern and northeastern Virginia.  The strongest storms will produce very heavy rainfall, frequent lightning, and gusty winds.  Overnight lows will be in the upper 60s and low 70s.

A ridge over the southern states will develop northward over Virginia Thursday and Friday, bringing us two hot and humid days to wrap up the work week.  A few storms will be possible Thursday afternoon from the combination of rich low-level moisture and afternoon heating.  Storms should be more widespread Friday afternoon and evening along a cold front that will be moving into the state.

This cold front will “back door” into Virginia, moving from northeast to southwest.  Milder and drier air will filter into the region Friday night through Saturday in the wake of the front.  A few showers will be possible on Saturday, with dry weather in all areas on Sunday.  Highs this weekend will stay in the mid 80s in central Virginia, with lower humidity than we have seen in the past few days.

Quiet weather is expected early next week as an upper-level low hangs off the Mid-Atlantic coast, bringing us a persistent northwesterly flow aloft.  Temps will gradually warm back into the upper 80s by mid-week and ridging re-develops over the region.

We continue to monitor a disturbance in the Atlantic that has a good chance of becoming our next named storm.  The suite of tropical models show the system moving through the Lesser Antilles, with some of the tracks turning northwest and other staying west-northwesterly.  As it stands right now, anything in the Gulf, Southeast, or Mid-Atlantic could be impacted by this system, and with plenty of time to prepare, it’s best to monitor subsequent tropical forecasts before changing any coastal plans.  We’ll continue to bring you the latest updates on the air, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. You can track everything happening in the tropics with our CBS 6 Hurricane Tracker.

Have a great Thursday, and Stay with CBS 6, We’ll Keep You Ahead of the Storm.

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