Pinpoint Weather: Heat returns for middle of week, hazy at times due to wildfires out west

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(WFXR) — Rain chances will be on the low side for the next few days, but we will notice hot temperatures returning to the forecast by the middle of the week.

Pockets of fog will have the chance to impact the Tuesday morning commute. Once the fog dissipates, skies will generally be mostly cloudy with some sunshine from time to time. The is a slight chance for isolated showers and storms, but a majority of Southwest and Central Virginia will stay dry. High temperatures will be in the 80s.

We will notice some haziness for the next few days. Some smoke from wildfires in the Western U.S. and Canada will make its way over Southwest and Central Virginia on Tuesday and Wednesday. The smokey haze could be problematic to some. The Air Quality Index has the Roanoke area under the Moderate Level. This means air quality is acceptable, but there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

The haze is expected to linger into Wednesday. Otherwise, skies will be mostly sunny and it will be hot again. High temperatures in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands will be in the low to mid 80s. The Roanoke Valley, Central Virginia, and Southside will have afternoon highs in the upper 80s and low 90s. A few showers and storms cannot be ruled out mainly north of US 460.

We’ll stay hot into Thursday and Friday. Rain chances will still be on the low side, but not zero. Any showers or storms that develop for the end of the workweek will have the capability to produce heavy rainfall.

The summer heat will continue into the weekend and it will feel more humid outside. Spotty afternoon showers and storms are possible each day, but it won’t be a washout of a weekend. Just make sure to have a backup plan in case storms do roll your way.

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