Patrick’s forecast: More heat, more humidity and more storms

Posted at 3:18 PM, Aug 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-17 15:18:49-04

We now return you to summer, already in progress.

It was nice while it lasted, but our break from the brutal summer heat, humidity and storms has come to an end. The area of high pressure that was keeping us dry and mild has moved out. That will open us up to hotter, more humid air and several storms systems this week.

Tuesday is going to be a hot and humid day with partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. We won’t have any organized systems move through, so most of us will stay dry. However, we’ll hold on to a 25% chance for a pop-up storm in the afternoon and evening.

An area of low pressure moving up the Carolina coast will bring us an increased chance (50%) for storms on Wednesday. The highest rain and storm chances will be in northeastern North Carolina, with a lower risk the farther north you live. Expect highs on Wednesday in the mid-to-upper 80s and lower 90s.

On Thursday, a strong cold front will cross the region. Before it arrives, a southwest wind will send temperatures climbing to near 90 in most spots. As the front crosses the region, we can expect strong-to-severe storms, with heavy downpours and potentially damaging wind gusts.

Some of the stormy weather may linger into early on Friday, but the bulk of the day is looking sunny and dry. And this weekend we’ll enjoy lower temperatures and humidity levels behind that cold front.

Weather & Health for Tuesday
Pollen: Moderate (Ragweed, Grasses)
UV Index: Very High
Air Quality: Moderate (Code Yellow)
Mosquitoes: Very High

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)
1974 F1 Tornado: Northampton Co
1986 Hurricane Charley

Patrick Rockey
NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist

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