(WFXR) — A summer-like weather pattern continues throughout Southwest and Central Virginia. The hot temperatures and humid air will remain in the forecast for much of the week ahead with rain chances each day.
Pockets of fog are possible for the Monday morning commute in some spots. However, much of the fog will dissipate by the mid-morning hours.
Southwest and Central Virginia are between an area of high pressure to the east and an area of low pressure to the west. This weather set-up will keep us warm and muggy. Expect high temperatures to be in the mid to upper 80s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. The Roanoke Valley, Central Virginia, and Southside will have highs in the low 90s. The heat index — or “feels like” temperature —will be higher at times, so remember to stay cool, hydrated, and safe when working or playing outside for the next several days.
Spotty showers and storms will have the chance to develop during the afternoon hours. Higher rain changes (40%) are expected in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Rain chances are lower further east, such as in Central Virginia and Southside. Although rain won’t be widespread, any showers or storms that develop will be capable of producing heavy rainfall. The Storm Prediction Center has placed areas along and west of I-81 under a Marginal Risk for severe weather. This means a few isolated storms may become strong to severe. The strong storms that do develop will have the potential to produce damaging winds and downpours.
Tuesday will be a rinse-and-repeat forecast of Monday. Hit-or-miss afternoon showers and storms are still possible and it will continue to be hot and humid. There will be little change in the forecast for the next several days. Even as the area of high pressure breaks down to our east, a few showers and storms are still possible for Wednesday.
Thursday may be our driest day of the week. Although there is a slight chance for rain, many will stay hot and dry with highs in the mid 80s and into the low 90s.