ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Prepare for the heat! It will feel more like mid-summer outside for the end of the week.

Recent forecast model data has lowered the rain potential for Southwest and Central Virginia Thursday. A few spotty rain showers cannot be ruled out during the morning hours. While isolated thunderstorms may develop later in the day, the rain will be very hit-or-miss and mainly south of US 460. The Storm Prediction Center is still keeping a Slight Risk for severe weather in the Mountain Empire. Strong storms may produce gusty winds and quarter-size hail. However, I believe most of the storm activity will occur further south.

Otherwise, much of the region will see a variable mix of sun and clouds overhead. Morning temperatures will start in the mild 60s before warming up into the 80s during the afternoon. A few locations in Southside could hit the 90-degree mark!

An increase in southwest flow will bring warmer air to Southwest and Central Virginia Friday. A couple of late-day pop-up storms cannot be ruled out, but skies will generally be mostly to partly sunny. It will get hot outside with highs in the lower and middle 90s. These will be our warmest temperatures of the year yet.

With the summer heat in the forecast, remember to stay cool and safe. If you’re working or playing outside, drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes. Never leave kids, the elderly, or pets in a hot car unattended.

The hot weather will remain in place for Saturday with highs in the upper 80s and into the middle 90s. With the warm and humid air in place, we could see a few pop-up showers and storms in the area late Saturday.

A cold front will approach the area Sunday, bringing the chance for showers and storms during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will be in the lower 90s and 80s ahead of the cold front. This will be a slow-moving front, so off-and-on wet weather remains in the forecast Monday.

Cooler conditions are slated for the beginning of next week. Highs will be in the 60s and 70s on both Monday and Tuesday.