ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) –More heat is building into Southwest and Central Virginia for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Overall, more sunshine is in the forecast for the next couple of days. Expect mostly to partly sunny skies with warm winds blowing in from the south. Afternoon high temperatures will be in the low to middle 90s in the Roanoke Valley, Central Virginia, and Southside. The New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands will mainly have temperatures warming up into the mid to upper 80s. A few showers are possible in the mountains and some may produce heavy rainfall. Overnight lows will be in the mild mid to upper 60s. Some spots may only fall into the low 70s tonight.
Wednesday’s forecast will be similar to Tuesday’s: hot and humid. High temperatures may be cooler by a couple of degrees. Spotty showers and storms are possible, mainly west of the Blue Ridge. Clouds will begin to increase later in the day ahead as what is now Tropical Storm Elsa approaches the region.
The National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory has Elsa being a tropical depression as it makes its way along the East Coast. A cold front to our west seems to keep the worst of Elsa off to our east, but Southwest and Central Virginia will still see some moisture out of this system Thursday. Scattered showers and storms are likely for much of the region. Locally heavy rainfall may occur and we could deal with gusty winds at times. It appears Southside Virginia will be hit the hardest, but it will be a wet day for a majority of Southwest Virginia. High temperatures will be in the 80s.
Once Elsa moves further northeast, we’ll notice a warm and muggy weather pattern to enter the weekend. High temperatures will be in the 80s and low 90s for Friday and into the weekend. There is a slight chance for hit-or-miss showers and storms each day.