ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — It’s the last full day of summer in the northern hemisphere. Southwest and Central Virginia will continue to deal with summer-like heat ahead of an approaching cold front.

Patchy fog will linger in spots for the Wednesday morning commute. Otherwise, more sunshine is in the forecast for the day. Warm air ahead of a strong cold front will allow afternoon temperatures to reach the mid-80s in the Alleghany Highlands and New River Valley. Elsewhere, highs will be in the very warm upper 80s with mostly sunny skies overhead.

The cold front will pass through Southwest and Central Virginia Thursday. The day will start with morning temperatures in the 60s with variably cloudy skies overhead. Locations west of the Blue Ridge Parkway could experience highs in the cooler 70s while the summer-like 80s linger in Southside and Central Virginia.

A few rain showers are possible during the day and winds may become gusty at times. Although storm activity is expected near and east of the I-95 corridor, we can’t rule out an isolated strong storm east of US-29 in Southside Virginia.

If you’re planning on heading to Lane Stadium for the Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia game, you shouldn’t have to worry about wet weather. It will be cooler, so bring the jacket along with you!

Fall 2022 officially arrives at 9:04 p.m. Thursday. Drier and cooler air will filter in behind the cold front, resulting in autumn-like temperatures for the first full day of fall.

Friday will start with morning temperatures in the crisp 40s and 50s. Afternoon highs will be in the 60s and 70s. Saturday morning will be even cooler with temperatures starting off in the 40s. Those temperatures will rise up into the near-average 70s by the afternoon under a mix of sun and clouds.

While the start of the weekend looks to be pleasant, cloud cover will increase Sunday. There is the potential for hit-or-miss showers late in the day. More passing rain showers are possible Monday.

TRACKING THE TROPICS

Fiona became a category 4 hurricane early Wednesday morning.

The storm is moving northward away from the Turks and Caicos Islands. While the storm will stay offshore from the mainland United States, dangerous surf and rip currents will be an issue along the East Coast.

Tropical Storm Gaston formed over the Central North Atlantic Tuesday afternoon.

Additional strengthening is not expected at this time. Overall, Gaston will be a fish storm out at sea. Swells generated by Gaston are expected to affect the Azores later this week.