(WFXR) — The heat and humidity continue to cause problems in Southwest and Central Virginia for Friday.
Overall, Friday morning will be relatively dry for much of Southwest and Central Virginia. Cloud cover will be variable throughout the day, but even a few clouds won’t help to keep temperatures down. West winds will result in high temperatures in the upper 80s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. The Roanoke Valley, Central Virginia, and Southside will, once again, warm up into the mid to upper 90s by the afternoon.
A Heat Advisory has been issued for the City of Lynchburg and Appomattox, Campbell, and Charlotte counties from 12 – 7 p.m. Heat index values (“feels like” temperatures) between 104 – 107 are expected in the advisory area. The hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat-related illnesses to occur. Remember to drink plenty of water, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Keep in mind, young children and pets should never be left unattended in cars.
Afternoon showers and storms will have the chance to pop up Friday. The Storm Prediction Center has a Marginal Risk for severe weather in the Greenbrier Valley and parts of Highlands and Bath counties. However, I think strong to severe storms could develop outside of this designated area. Remember to stay weather-aware today as any storms that develop could produce gusty winds and downpours.
The cold front will pass through on Saturday, bringing us more showers and storms during the afternoon and evening. Once again, the threat of severe weather is possible. The Storm Prediction Center has areas east of the Blue Ridge under a Marginal Risk for severe weather. While Saturday will still be on the hot side, it won’t be as warm. Higher elevations will have high temperatures in the 80s while upper 80s to low 90s are expected elsewhere.
By Sunday, we’ll notice slightly milder conditions across the region. Highs will mainly be in the upper 70s and lower 80s. However, due to the front stalling to our south, we’ll see off and on showers and storms throughout the day.
Rain is still likely as we head into Monday, but we could see more tropical moisture on Tuesday. Tropical Depression Fred will bring Southwest and Central Virginia wet weather on Tuesday. While the rain will help with drought conditions in the region, it may cause issues. We could see the potential for heavy rainfall and localized flooding for the beginning of next week.