ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — More heat and humidity is in store for Southwest and Central Virginia this Thursday. Similar to the past few days, scattered showers and storms are possible mainly later in the day.
Thursday will start with pockets of morning fog and temperatures in the 60s and mild lower 70s. It will get hot and muggy as the day continues. Expect high temperatures to reach the middle 80s and lower 90s under variably cloudy skies. Due to the muggy air in place, heat index values near 100 are possible east of the Blue Ridge for the afternoon. 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.
While a few spotty morning rain showers cannot be ruled out, there is a slightly higher potential for spotty showers and storms during the afternoon and evening. While not everyone will see rain, a few storms may become strong to severe. The Storm Prediction Center has a Marginal Risk for severe weather for areas along and west of the Blue Ridge. A Slight Risk for severe weather is in place for Piedmont and along the Virginia – North Carolina line.
The main storm concern is damaging wind gusts. A few power outages may occur as a result of these storms. There’s also the issue of locally heavy rainfall, which may cause concerns regarding localized flooding and cars hydroplaning on roadways. While the wet weather will be hit-or-miss, you’ll still want to stay weather aware. Remember to have at least two ways to receive storm warnings.
The unsettled weather pattern will continue through the remainder of the week with the greatest potential for showers and storms during the afternoon and evening hours. For Friday and Saturday, the Storm Prediction Center has a Marginal Risk for severe weather in place for portions of Southwest and Central Virginia.
Friday will still be very warm and muggy. High temperatures will range from the mid-80s into the lower 90s. However, we’ll see a bit of a cool-down over the weekend. Off-and-on showers and storms are slated for Saturday with highs in the lower and middle 80s.
A few showers may linger into Sunday morning, but drier weather is slated to return later in the day and into the beginning of next week. It will be cooler than average Sunday with highs in the 70s and lower 80s. More sunshine is slated for Monday with more seasonably warm temperatures in the 80s.
A warming trend will take place Tuesday into Wednesday as some 90s return to Southwest and Central Virginia. We may see a few storms return to the region by the middle of the week.