(WFXR) — Prepare for a hot and hazy Wednesday across Southwest and Central Virginia.
Hazy skies remain in the forecast for Wednesday due to smoke from western wildfires drifting overhead. Our area is considered to have “moderate” air quality, meaning there won’t be much concern for the general public but those who are unusually sensitive to smoke pollution may experience issues. Otherwise, skies will look milky at times.
Wednesday is shaping up to be fairly dry. High temperatures will warm up into the 80s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. The Roanoke Valley, Central Virginia, and Southside will have hot high temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s. A breeze from the northwest will keep humidity levels on the lower side. Overnight temperatures will fall into the comfortable upper 50s and low to mid-60s.
A cold front with little moisture will pass through the area late Wednesday. While some of the smoky haze may stick around into Thursday, it won’t be as prominent as what we will see for Wednesday as the front will help to push most of it out. Otherwise, we’ll have a pretty consistent forecast to end the workweek. Highs for Thursday and Friday will be in the 80s and lower 90s. Much of the region will stay dry, but there is a slight chance for isolated showers and storms.
As the heat remains in the forecast for the week, we will notice muggy conditions returning to Southwest and Central Virginia. Spotty afternoon hit-or-miss showers and storms are possible each day, although rain chances are a touch higher for Sunday. The weekend won’t be a washout, so don’t cancel any outdoor plans yet. However, make sure you have a backup plan in case you need to head inside.