Southwest and Central Virginia are heating up this Monday ahead of our next chance for showers and storms.
Monday will start with patchy morning fog and mild temperatures in the 60s and low 70s. Muggy air will be in place throughout the day and afternoon high temperatures will reach the 80s and into the mid-90s. Winds may gust up to 25 mph at times.
A cold front will approach from the west late Monday. This front will trigger scattered showers and storms late in the day. The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of Southwest and Central Virginia under a Marginal Risk for severe weather, although northern portions of Pocahontas and Highland counties are under Slight Risk. This means any storm that develops could potentially become strong to severe during the afternoon and early evening hours. If strong storms do develop, the main concerns will be gusty winds, hail, and periods of heavy rainfall.
Rain is likely as the front slowly works through the region Tuesday morning and afternoon. Overall, the severe weather threat will be on the low side since temperatures will be cooler. However, the severe threat increases further east of US 29. Rain chances will gradually dwindle during the afternoon. Expect breezy winds and highs in the 70s throughout the region.
A high pressure system will build in behind the cold front. For Wednesday, expect mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the 70s. The air won’t be as muggy. A similar forecast is in store for Thursday, although high temperatures will be a few degrees warmer.
As the high pressure shifts east, south/southwest winds will help to warm temperatures back up into the low to mid 80s. The shift in winds will also cause the humid air to return to the region with storms chances possible for the weekend ahead.