First Warning Forecast: Tracking the heat, humidity and scattered storms

Posted at 1:13 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 13:13:51-04

***Heat Advisory is in effect until 7 pm for most of Eastern North Carolina. Heat index values will be between 105 to 110 this afternoon.***

Heat, humidity and thunderstorms….Your First Warning Storm Team is keeping a close eye on the thermometer and the radar today.

As we move through our Friday afternoon and evening, our temperatures are going up! We’re expecting highs in the mid 90s, but because of the humidity, it will feel like the triple digits. Take it easy outside, and drink plenty of water. We’ll see mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies. Eventually those clouds may give way to scattered showers and thunderstorms. Any storms that develop could produce heavy rain and gusty winds. Tonight, we’ll have a few scattered showers and storms around. Otherwise, expect partly cloudy skies with lows in the mid 70s.

This weekend, all eyes will be on a frontal system to our west. It will move in and stall across our area, giving way to unsettled weather. On Saturday, we’ll see partly sunny skies, then scattered showers and storms by the afternoon and evening. Some of the rain could be heavy at times. Gusty winds are possible, too. Highs will be in the upper 80s. Rain chances will likely be highest on Saturday compared to Sunday. Still, a few scattered showers and storms are in the forecast for Sunday with highs in the upper 80s.  By early next week, highs rise back into the lower 90s.  Have a good weekend!

Today: Sun and Cloud Mix. Scattered Showers/Storms (40%). Highs in the mid 90s. Heat index 100+. Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Scattered Showers/Storms (40%). Lows in the mid 70s. Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly Sunny. Scattered Showers/Storms (50%). Highs in the upper 80s. Winds: S/SE 5-15 mph.

Weather & Health

Pollen: Moderate (Grasses)

UV Index: 10 (Very High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

1976 F1 Tornado: Middlesex Co

1996 F1 Tornado: Gloucester Co

Dominic Brown
First Warning Meteorologist
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