ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Happy Friday! As an area of high pressure continues to settle over the region, the sunny and warm weather pattern will persist in Southwest and Central Virginia.

For Friday morning, a bit of patchy fog is possible in some river valleys and near bodies of water. It will be a cool start to the day with morning temperatures in the upper 40s and 50s, so you may need the light jacket early in the day. Otherwise, plentiful sunshine is in the forecast! It will be a few degrees warmer with afternoon temperatures reaching the upper 70s and into the lower 80s.

Expect mostly clear skies during the evening hours. It will be a great night for some high school football! Calm winds and clear conditions will overnight temperatures to fall into the cool 50s.

Little change is in the forecast for the next several days, but the region will gradually become warmer. Saturday’s high temperatures will be in the upper 70s and middle 80s with overnight lows in the 50s. Humidity won’t be much of an issue. Take in the great weather while you can!

The strong air of high pressure will remain in place through the upcoming week. Summer-like temperatures will return as we approach the start of fall, which is on Thursday, September 22. Starting Sunday, high temperatures will mainly be in the 80s across Southwest and Central Virginia. A few locations east of the Blue Ridge may get close to the 90-degree mark.

TRACKING THE TROPICS

Tropical Storm Fiona continues westward and is approaching the Leeward Islands Friday.

The current forecast from the National Hurricane Center has Fiona remaining a tropical storm into the beginning of next week. Puerto Rico and Hispaniola will likely experience tropical-storm impacts through the weekend. At this time, impacts on the United States are up in the air. We’ll keep an eye on this storm as we head into the upcoming week.