CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for nearly two dozen West Virginia counties until 7 p.m. Friday.

The NWS issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Friday afternoon. (Graphic/NWS)

The counties are located in central and southern West Virginia and include:

Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane, Summers, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, it appeared the best threat of severe weather was in the southern coalfields.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Charleston said they expected the atmosphere to destabilize Friday afternoon with temperatures in the low 90s and high humidity. There could be localized heavy rainfall.

After the storms move through, things look quiet for the remainder of the weekend.

“After any morning fog burns off Saturday is expected to be a mainly quiet day – with slightly cooler and less humid conditions,” according to the NWS Charleston forecast.

Officials with the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta moved the event’s Fire Parade from Friday at 5 p.m. to Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Organizers expect the weather to be good for Friday night’s Montgomery Gentry concert featuring Eddie Montgomery who will take the Kanawha Boulevard stage at 8 p.m.

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