Temperatures are on the seasonal side for this Thursday afternoon with highs in the 80s to near 90°, but the air is still humid. While much of us stayed dry for the morning hours, scattered showers and storms will be moving in during the afternoon and evening. A weak lingering front an a disturbance to our north will allow for activity to develop. The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of Southwest Virginia under a Marginal Risk for severe weather. Severe activity looks to be on the low side, but some storms will have the potential to pulse up and produce heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds. Hail is also a possibility. Otherwise, many of these thunderstorms will be non-severe and may drop heavy rain and wind around 30 mph.
High pressure will be building in for Friday and into the weekend. There is a slim chance for a pop-up shower to develop to the east, but otherwise skies will be mostly sunny for the first half of the weekend. Temperatures will be on the rise though. Highs in the 90s are not out of the question for much of the region (especially east of the Blue Ridge), and Saturday will be hot. Try to stay cool and hydrated, and remember to never leave children or pets in hot cars.
Rain returns to the forecast for Sunday afternoon, with warm temperatures and rain chances sticking around for the beginning of next week.