(WFXR) — The heat continues across Southwest and Central Virginia this Friday. This rinse-and-repeat forecast will stick around for another day before rain chances increase for the weekend.
Expect plenty of sunshine and hazy skies for the start of Friday. Some clouds will move in later in the day and a few isolated showers and storms cannot be ruled out for the afternoon. It will be hot and muggy across the region with the Roanoke Valley, Central Virginia and Southside warming up into the low to mid 90s. The New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands will have high temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. Make sure to stay cool and hydrated if you’re going to be outside for long periods of time today.
A cold front will approach Southwest and Central Virginia from the northwest as we head into the weekend. While the heat will stay in place for Saturday and skies will start out mostly to partly sunny, the front will allow scattered showers and storms to develop starting Saturday afternoon. More off-and-on rain is slated for Sunday, as well.
Some concerns with these showers and storms will be their capability to produce heavy rainfall and their slow-moving nature. This may lead to localized flooding in certain areas. We also can’t rule out the possibility for some of these storms to become strong to severe. If this occurs, the main severe threat will be damaging wind gusts. The Storm Prediction Center has placed a majority of Southwest and Central Virginia under a Marginal Risk for severe weather on Saturday.
It will be wet at times for both Sunday and Monday. We will also notice a cooler weather pattern during the two days with high temperatures mainly in the upper 70s and into the low to mid 80s.