ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — High heat and humidity remain in the forecast across Southwest and Central Virginia this Thursday.

The soupy air is staying in place. Morning temperatures will start in the 70s before warming up into the 90s by the afternoon. Due to the high humidity levels, heat index values may approach 100. It’s important that you find ways to stay cool in this heat. Remember to drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks in the shade if you’re working outside. Check on your neighbors, the elderly, children, and pets in these hot conditions.

There is another chance for hit-or-miss showers and storms during the afternoon and evening hours. There’s plenty of moisture in the atmosphere, so showers and storms could be capable of producing torrential rainfall. A few isolated strong to severe storms may develop. The main severe weather concerns are gusty winds, hail, and lightning.

Friday will be a bit breezy, but still hot. Highs will be in the middle and upper 80s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Elsewhere, high temperatures will reach the 90s. A couple of isolated storms cannot be ruled out.

A couple of cold fronts will pass through the region by the end of the week. Lower humidity levels and less heat are in the forecast for Father’s Day/Juneteenth weekend. Highs will be in the seasonably warm 70s and 80s both Saturday and Sunday. Morning temperatures will be in the cool 50s Sunday. Skies will be mostly to partly sunny.

A dry weather pattern will take place over the weekend and into the upcoming week. However, another heatwave is expected by the middle of next week. Highs are slated to return to the 90s by Tuesday and Wednesday.