ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The hot, muggy, and stormy weather pattern will continue through Southwest and Central Virginia into the weekend.

A few morning showers cannot be ruled out Wednesday. Otherwise, skies will be variably cloudy with highs in the upper 80s and into the hot middle 90s. Due to the muggy air in place, heat index values near 100 are possible east of the Blue Ridge for the afternoon. Stay cool and safe in the heat! Remember to take breaks, dress accordingly, and drink plenty of water. Listen to your body; if you feel overheated or sick, then try to rest in a cool area.

Scattered showers and storms are slated to move through the region Wednesday, more so during the afternoon and evening. While not everyone will see rain, a few storms may become strong to severe. The Storm Prediction Center has a Slight Risk for severe weather across much of Southwest and Central Virginia.

The main storm concerns are gusty winds and hail. Locally heavy rainfall may cause issues concerning localized flooding. While the wet weather will be hit-or-miss, you’ll still want to stay weather aware. Remember to have at least two ways to receive storm warnings.

The unsettled weather pattern will continue through the remainder of the week with the greatest potential for showers and storms during the afternoon and evening hours. The Storm Prediction Center has already placed a Marginal to Slight Risk for severe weather for the region Thursday. While the severe weather threat won’t be widespread, damaging wind gusts and hail will be concerns with any strong storms that develop in our region.

For much of the week, it will be very warm and muggy. High temperatures will range from the mid-80s into the lower 90s. We’ll see a bit of a cooldown by Sunday and Monday with more highs in the 80s. Drier weather is expected to return to the forecast by the beginning of next week.