Pinpoint Weather: Area of high pressure builds in, keeping us dry through remainder of week

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(WFXR) — An area of high pressure will keep Southwest and Central Virginia on the dry and quiet side as we head into the weekend.

While some cloud cover and patchy fog will linger into Thursday morning, more sunshine is on the way as the day continues. Expect mostly sunny skies by the afternoon with high temperatures in the 70s and close to the 80-degree mark. More dry air will filter into Southwest Virginia as the area of high pressure moves over our region. This will give us mostly clear skies and calm winds Thursday evening.

By early Friday morning, temperatures will be in the chilly upper 40 and lower 50s. Mostly to partly sunny skies will be overhead with high temperatures in the fall-like 70s. Overall, we’re looking at great conditions Friday night for high school football games. Although a few clouds may pass through, it will be dry and cool.

The area of high pressure will begin to move toward the east during the weekend. Saturday will be dry and sunny, but it will be warmer outside. Highs will be in the upper 70s and lower 80s. Humidity levels will also increase, so overnight temperatures won’t be as cool. By early Sunday morning, expect temperatures in the 50s and lower 60s.

A cold front will approach from the west as we prepare to head into next week. For Sunday, a few mountain showers cannot be ruled out. Skies will gradually become cloudy through the day and high temperatures will be similar to Saturday.

The approaching cold front will lead to higher rain chances Monday and Tuesday. It will be a soggy and cool start to the upcoming week with off-and-on showers moving through Southwest Virginia and high temperatures in the 70s. Rain chances will remain in the forecast through the middle of the week.

Tracking the Tropics

Two tropical cyclones are churning in the Atlantic this Thursday.

As of the 11 a.m. advisory, Sam remains a powerful Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds up to 145 mph. Bermuda is under a Tropical Storm Watch, but this storm is expected to steer east of the island. While swells and rip current issues are possible along the U.S. East Coast, Sam is forecast to stay out to sea.

Tropical Storm Victor developed Wednesday and is currently located southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. The National Hurricane Center predicts this storm will remain a tropical storm as it works its way further out to sea.

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