First Warning Forecast: Hot and humid, then showers and storms

Posted at 1:01 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 13:01:20-04

Hot and humid, then showers and storms….It’s a hot, steamy start to the work week. However, we’re tracking some changes. A cold front brings storms our way along with slightly cooler temperatures.

As we move through our Monday afternoon, expect mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies. It’s going to be hot with high temperatures in the low to mid 90s. When you factor in the humidity, though, it will feel more like 100 to 105, so take your precautions. A few pop-up showers and storms are possible this afternoon and evening. But later tonight, as a cold front approaches the area from the northwest, some of us may see a few scattered showers and storms through the overnight. Any storms that develop could bring heavy rain and gusty winds.

Best rain chances for the area arrive on Tuesday as the cold front moves through. A few light showers are possible Tuesday morning, but heavier rain arrives by afternoon and evening. Some storms could be strong to severe as well, with heavy downpours and gusty winds as the primary threats. Otherwise, expect partly to mostly cloudy skies. Highs will reach the upper 80s and lower 90s.

Behind the front, our high temperatures will dip with the mid 80s for Wednesday and Thursday. While a morning shower is possible Wednesday, most of us will see dry weather. We’ll continue to be dry on Thursday. Highs on Friday will be back into the lower 90s. Then, next weekend, temperatures are going back up into the mid 90s.

Today: Mostly Sunny to Partly Cloudy. PM Scattered Showers/Storms (20-30%). Highs in the low to mid 90s. Heat index 100 to 105. Winds: S 5-15 mph.

Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Scattered Showers/Storms Late (30%). Lows in the upper 70s. Winds: SW/W 5-15 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly Sunny. Scattered Showers/Storms (60%). Highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Winds: W/N/E 5-10 mph.

Weather & Health

Pollen: Moderate (Grasses)

UV Index: 10 (Very High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

1992 F0 Tornado: Pasquotank Co.

Dominic Brown
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