First Warning Forecast: More heat and more thunderstorms

Posted at 1:31 PM, Jul 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-27 13:31:39-04

***A Heat Advisory remains in effect until 8 PM today for the Peninsula, Southside and Northeastern North Carolina. Most areas will see highs in the low to mid 90s with afternoon heat index values between 105 and 110.***

More heat and more thunderstorms….The First Warning Storm Team continues to track triple digit heat index values and some thunderstorms in your forecast.

As we move through our Wednesday afternoon, high temperatures will climb into the low and mid 90s. When you factor in the humidity, it will feel much hotter. In fact, many areas will have heat index values in the triple digits, so take your precautions. We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds. Later this afternoon into the evening, though, a few scattered showers and storms will likely move in due in part to a stationary front draped over the Mid-Atlantic. Any storms that develop could be strong to severe with gusty winds and heavy rain as the primary threats. Otherwise, we’ll see partly cloudy skies tonight with low temperatures in the upper 70s.

We’ll continue tracking the heat and storms through the rest of the work week. On Thursday and Friday, highs will be in the low and mid 90s. Heat index values will be in the triple digits. We’ll also watch for showers and storms to develop mainly by the afternoon and evening. Again, any storms that develop could produce heavy rain and gusty winds. Some large hail is also possible.

By the weekend, keep your rain gear handy. Showers and storms are in the forecast. Highs will be in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Then, finally, next week, we’ll take a break from the extreme heat with highs in the mid 80s Monday and Tuesday.

Today: Sun and Clouds. Scattered Showers/Storms (30%). Highs in the low to mid 90s. Heat index 105-110. Winds: SW/SE 5-10 mph.

Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Scattered Showers/Storms (30%). Lows in the upper 70s. Winds: S 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly Sunny. Scattered Showers/Storms (30%). Highs in the mid 90s. Winds: S/SE 5-10 mph.

Weather & Health

Pollen: Moderate (Grasses)

UV Index: 10 (Very High)

Air Quality: Moderate (Code Yellow)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

We are watching a disorganized tropical wave near the coast of western Africa.  Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some development of this disturbance over the next several days as it moves west at 15 to 20 mph.

Formation chance through 48 hours: Low (10%)

Formation chance through 5 days: Low (20%)

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

1816 Tornado: Henrico Co

1972 F1 Tornado: Virginia Beach

Dominic Brown
First Warning Meteorologist
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