ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) –The hot weather pattern remains in the forecast for the middle of the week in Southwest and Central Virginia.

An area of high pressure is still keeping the heat and humidity in place for Wednesday. The morning will start with patchy fog and temperatures in the upper 60s and 70s. By the afternoon, highs will be in the hot upper 80s and 90s. Due to the high humidity levels, heat index values may approach the triple digits. 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 a chance for showers and storms during the afternoon and evening hours. Rain will be hit-or-miss in nature, but some storms could cause issues. There’s plenty of moisture in the atmosphere, so showers and storms will 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.

There’s another chance for afternoon showers and storms Thursday. Similar to Wednesday, a few storms may become strong to severe. It will still be hot and humid outside with highs in the upper 80s and 90s. Stay safe in this heat wave!

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 front will move through by the weekend, which will help to wrap up the heat wave. 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. Skies will be mostly to partly sunny.