ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Despite the chance for rain in the forecast, heat continues to impact Southwest and Central Virginia Thursday.

Scattered showers and storms will move in from the west Thursday morning. Storms will be capable of producing heavy rainfall, cloud-to-ground lightning, small hail, and gusty winds. Most of the morning wet weather activity will occur west of the Blue Ridge. The showers and storms are expected to fizzle out a bit during the morning hours.

However, storms may have the chance to redevelop during the afternoon in areas east of the Blue Ridge. Late-day storms may become strong to severe, capable of producing gusty winds. Stay weather aware!

Other than the chance of rain, it will be another hot day. Morning temperatures will start in the mild 70s before warming up into the middle and upper 80s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Southside, Central Virginia, and the Roanoke Valley will have highs in the hot lower and middle 90s.

An area of high pressure will build to our south, resulting in sweltering temperatures Friday and into the weekend. Afternoon high temperatures will mainly be in the 90s Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A few locations in Central Virginia, Southside, and the Roanoke Valley will get close to the 100-degree mark over the weekend.

With this hot weather pattern in the forecast, it’s important to stay cool and safe in the heat! Remember to take breaks, dress accordingly, and drink plenty of water. Listen to your body; if you feel overheated or sick, try to rest in a cool area.

The hot weather will continue through the beginning of next week. Highs will still be in the upper 80s and 90s, but there will be a daily chance for scattered showers and storms starting late Monday.