(WFXR) — The heatwave continues across Southwest and Central Virginia with near-record temperatures in the forecast for Thursday afternoon.
Winds from the southwest will blow in throughout the day. The winds will help temperatures quickly warm up during the morning hours. Some spots could hit the 90-degree mark before noon. Expect high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s in Southside, Central Virginia, and Roanoke. The New River Valley will have highs in the upper 80s and low 90s. The Alleghany Highlands will warm up into the upper 80s and low to mid 90s. Heat index values of 95-105 are possible in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Danville.
It’s extremely important to listen to your body and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Dress in loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Take frequent breaks to cool off, especially if you’re working outside.
Isolated showers and storms are possible Thursday afternoon and evening. With the heat and humidity in place, any storm that does form could produce downpours. However, coverage will be on the spotty side.
Friday will also be sweltering. High temperatures will be a few degrees lower, but many spots will still warm up into the upper 80s and low to mid 90s for the afternoon hours. A slow-moving cold front will begin to approach the area. We’ll have the chance to see scattered showers and storms move in later in the day with the greatest potential for rain expected north. Some strong to severe storms may develop. The Storm Prediction Center has placed a Marginal Risk for severe weather over areas west of the Blue Ridge. Gusty winds could be a concern.
The cold front will pass through on Saturday, bringing us more showers and storms during the afternoon and evening. Once again, the threat of severe weather is possible. While Saturday will still be on the hot side, it won’t be as warm. Higher elevations will have high temperatures in the 80s while upper 80s to low 90s are expected elsewhere.
By Sunday, we’ll notice slightly milder conditions across the region. Highs will mainly be in the upper 70s and lower 80s. However, due to the front stalling to our south, we’ll see the chance for showers and storms Sunday and Monday.
We’re keeping our eyes on Tropical Depression Fred, which is expected to strengthen back into a tropical storm by the weekend. The remnants of Fred could bring wet weather to Southwest and Central Virginia for the beginning of the upcoming week. If the remnants can push far enough north, then there is the potential for the region to see 1-4″ of rain between Monday and Wednesday. However, if Fred’s remnants stay farther south, we won’t see as much rain.