(WFXR) — The hot and humid weather pattern will persist across Southwest and Central Virginia for the next few days, along with the daily chance for showers and storms.
Wednesday will be muggy with morning temperatures in the upper 60s and 70s. The variable mix of sun and clouds overhead will do little to keep the area cool. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. The Roanoke Valley, Central Virginia, and Southside will have afternoon temperatures in the hot 90s. Due to high humidity levels in the forecast, heat index values (or “feels like”) will be in the mid 90s and close to 100. It’s important to watch yourself, your neighbors, and your furry friends in this heat. Stay hydrated and remember to take frequent breaks when possible.
Spotty showers and storms are possible Wednesday afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of Highland, Pocahontas, and northern Bath counties under a Marginal Risk for severe weather, meaning a few strong storms may develop. The main concerns with stronger storms will be gusty winds and hail. Downpours will also be a hazard to drivers. However, storms will have the chance to pop up anywhere in Southwest and Central Virginia today, so make sure to stay weather-aware.
Winds from the west will result in near-record temperatures for Thursday afternoon. Highs are slated to be in the upper 80s and into the upper 90s. Dangerous heat index values are still in the forecast, so remember to stay cool and listen to your body. Isolated showers and storms are possible Thursday afternoon and evening.
A slow-moving cold front will approach from the northwest as we head into the weekend. Temperatures will remain consistent into Friday, but cluster of storms will have the chance to move through late in the day. Some strong to severe storms may develop.
The cold front will pass through on Saturday, bringing us showers and storms. While Saturday will still be on the hot side, we could have more low 80s by Sunday and into the beginning of the upcoming week. Since the cold front is expected to stall over the Carolinas, the chance for showers and storms will remain in the forecast for Sunday and Monday.
We’ll be keeping our eyes on Tropical Storm Fred, which could bring us some tropical moisture by Tuesday. For now, the storm is forecast to impact Hispaniola Wednesday before moving into the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend.