Sunny and hot: Heat indexes to reach 100° in parts of Southwest Virginia


A summer pattern will be setting itself up in Southwest Virginia.

Even though autumn is on the way, summer has not cleared out of the area yet. High pressure is building into the Commonwealth and mostly sunny skies are expected for much of Wednesday. The sunshine and west winds will allow temperatures to warm up into the 90s across much of the region. Even areas in the mountains will get close to the 90 degree mark as well. Humidity will also play a role in the weather. The muggy air will impact the feels-like temperatures (heat index) for the afternoon. It will feel like it is almost 100° in portions of Central Virginia and Southside.

Remember to try and stay cool and hydrated if you’re going to be outside the next couple of days. Drink plenty of water and wear light loose-fitting clothing. Be sure to check the backseat and NOT leave kids, pets, or the elderly in a hot car.

There is a slight chance for isolated showers and storms to impact Southwest Virginia, mainly east of the I-81 corridor. Rain chances will be on the low end until Friday and Saturday.

A cold front will move in from the northeast on Friday. This front will increase cloud cover in the area and will produce some rain. Cooler air is expected, with high temperatures falling back down into the upper 70 – low 80s. Showers and storms are possible for Saturday as well.

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