ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The cloudy, cooler, and damp weather pattern persists across Southwest and Central Virginia through the middle of the week.

Cool and moist air from the northeast will continue to wedge into the Appalachians Wednesday. Patchy drizzle and a few light rain showers are possible throughout the day with overcast skies overhead. Afternoon temperatures will remain cooler than average with highs in the 60s.

During this cloudy and damp period of weather, thunderstorms are not expected and rainfall totals will stay well below a tenth of an inch.

The dreary weather pattern continues into Thursday and Friday. Overcast to mostly cloudy skies are expected each day with pockets of light rainfall and drizzle possible. For Thursday, highs will be in the 60s and lower 70s. By Friday, afternoon temperatures will reach the upper 60s and lower 70s with some sunshine peeking out.

High pressure will build into the Mid-Atlantic for the weekend, bringing drier weather back to Southwest and Central Virginia. Under partly to mostly sunny skies, afternoon highs will range from the upper 60s and into the 70s for both Saturday and Sunday.

More sunshine is slated for Monday and Tuesday with the warming trend persisting. Afternoon temperatures will be a few degrees above average with highs in the 70s. A few spots may reach the 80-degree mark at the beginning of the upcoming week.