ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The heat and humidity are on the rise across Southwest and Central Virginia for the start of the summer season.

Wednesday will start dry with morning temperatures in the 60s and upper 50s. Mostly sunny to partly sunny skies will be overhead for much of the day. It will be noticeably muggier and hotter outside with afternoon temperatures reaching the upper 80s and into the middle 90s.

It’s important to 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.

An approaching cold front will spark showers and storms Wednesday night. A few storms may become strong to severe, more so north of US 460. The main storm concerns will be gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Much of the wet weather will exit the region well before sunrise Thursday.

Thursday will be a few degrees cooler than Wednesday with highs in the 80s and lower 90s. Isolated pop-up showers and storms are possible during the afternoon hours. Otherwise, the weather will be a bit drier behind the cold front. Friday will be one of our quieter days with a mix of sun and clouds overhead. It won’t be as hot with highs in the 80s.

A few showers and storms could pop up Saturday and Sunday, but we’re not expecting any washouts. The summer heat will stay in place with highs in the 80s and 90s on both days.