RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — One more day of heat for the area before a very welcome (and early!) break arrives for us.  However, in order to get there, we will deal with what cold be some strong storms over us.

 It will be a steamer tonight in the area with hazy and humid conditions. Lows are going to stay in the mid to upper 70s over the area, and locations near downtown may not drop below the 80 degree mark.

Tomorrow will be a VIPIR ALERT Day over the area.  It will be the last day (for a while) of the 90 plus temperatures in the region. Our day will start off with mostly sunny skies, but the clouds will start to bubble up over the region by midday.

The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted the area with a Minimal Risk of severe weather.  Besides heavy downpours, the main severe weather threat will be for strong damaging winds.

The main window for this nasty weather is lining up to be from mid afternoon until late evening.

Thursday, a cold front needs to sink to the south of the area before the get the full “Muggies Buster” effect in the area.  It will be cooler with highs back into the middle 80s.  As it works through the area, we will see a few scattered showers.   By the end of the day, you will notice a sizable drop in humidity.

That will set us up for what will amount to 3 fantastic days for Friday-Sunday in the area.  NASCAR comes to town this weekend and the weather is a Double Green Flag for both the racers and the fans. 

You will get to enjoy lots of sunshine, highs in the mid 80s and the humidity will be very pleasant.

Next week, a system will move into the area on Monday night and then stall out over us.  This will mostly lead to a pattern that is a favorable for highs in the 80s and a risk of showers.

The tropics remain at status quo right now, but longer range models (that go out past 2 weeks) are indicating an upward trend in the chances for storms by the22nd.