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First Warning Forecast: More heat, more wildfire smoke & a few storms late Wednesday

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Posted at 6:28 PM, Jul 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-20 23:27:52-04

Chief Meteorologist Patrick Rockey's First Warning Forecast:

It'll be hot on Wednesday. Highs will climb to the low 90s with heat index values in the mid to upper 90s. We'll start the day with mainly cloudy skies but see gradual clearing and sunshine through lunchtime. Smoke from wildfires out west will continue to leave a haze to our sky. Showers and storms to develop late in the afternoon across the Peninsulas and Eastern shore. Storms could be strong to severe, with damaging winds the biggest threat. Storms will move south across the area through the evening and then we'll dry out Wednesday night.

The wildfire smoke should continue and will be most likely for the next week or so. More sunshine will break out starting Thursday as highs will be a bit cooler and in the mid 80s. We'll end the work week with isolated storms Friday with highs in the upper 80s. The weekend will feature isolated storm chances with highs in the mid 80s and low 90s.