ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Hot temperatures are in the forecast for Southwest and Central Virginia over the next several days.
Wednesday will start with some patchy fog and morning temperatures in the 60s. More sunshine is expected across the region with high temperatures in the middle and upper 80s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Southside, Central Virginia, and the Roanoke Valley will have highs in the hot lower and middle 90s.
A front will approach from the west, bringing the chance for showers and storms late Wednesday night into Thursday. Areas west of the Blue Ridge will see more isolated to scattered showers and storms early Thursday morning, while areas east of the Blue Ridge Parkway may see storms redevelop during the afternoon. Late-day storms may produce gusty winds. Highs will range from the middle 80s and into the middle 90s.
Drier air will move in behind Thursday’s front. However, more heat is in the forecast. An area of high pressure will build over the region, resulting in sweltering temperatures Friday and into the weekend. Afternoon high temperatures will mainly be in the 90s Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A few locations in Central Virginia, Southside, and the Roanoke Valley will hit the lower 90s and get close to the 100-degree mark over the weekend.
With this hot weather pattern in the forecast, it’s important to 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, try to rest in a cool area.
The hot weather will continue through the beginning of next week. Highs will still be in the 90s, but scattered showers and storms are possible late Monday and Tuesday.