WEATHER ALERT: More thunderstorms expected this afternoon

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) --  It is a StormTracker 8 Weather Alert Day today as another round of strong to possibly severe thunderstorms are due to arrive this afternoon and linger through the early-morning hours.

The sunshine is slowly returning across central Virginia and we are warming up; it is already rather humid across the region. 

We are tracking a cold front that will slowly push to the east and combine with the sunshine, heat and humidity across the region. This will help to develop thunderstorms from 3:00 p.m. this afternoon until 2:00 a.m. tonight. 

The main threats from those thunderstorms will be heavy downpours, which could produce more localized flooding and gusty winds in excess of 55 miles per hour. 

There is the potential that these storms may develop enough and possibly produce a tornado, but that risk is minor. However, it's important to point that out because that risk is there. 

Our high temperatures today will top out in the lower 80s.

Rain and thunderstorms will come to an end late tonight and it will be mostly cloudy and muggy across central Virginia as we head into Saturday morning.

During the day on Saturday, we will become partly Sunny and it will be hot and humid with highs around 90. There is the chance for a few thunderstorms to develop after 4:00 p.m.

Sunday again will be partly sunny hot and humid with highs in the lower 90s and the chance of a few late day thunderstorms.

Finally, the heat and humidity will break as we head into next week as we will see mostly sunny skies on Monday with highs in the middle 80s and some relief from the humidity.

The pleasant weather will continue for Tuesday and Wednesday with sunny skies and highs in the middle 80s.

It looks like the heat and humidity will return for Thursday under mostly sunny skies with highs approaching 90.

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