First Warning Forecast: Tracking showers, storms and a much needed break from the extreme heat

Posted at 1:09 PM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 00:05:39-04

***A Heat Advisory is in effect until 8 PM today for the Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, Southside and Northeastern North Carolina. Most areas will see highs in the mid 90s with heat index values from 105 to 110.  An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for Mainland Dare County in North Carolina until 8 PM today. The heat index could climb to 115.***

Tracking showers, storms and a much needed break from the extreme heat….The First Warning Storm team is keeping an eye on the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms. We’re also tracking some heat relief.

As we move through our Thursday afternoon, high temperatures will climb into the mid 90s. When you factor in the humidity, it will feel like the triple digits. Take your precautions this afternoon and evening. We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds today, but keep an eye to the sky. A few scattered showers and storms could develop, courtesy of a stationary front draped over the Mid-Atlantic along with the daytime heating. Some storms could be strong to severe, with damaging winds and heavy downpours. Tonight, we’ll keep a chance of storms in the forecast. Otherwise, expect partly cloudy skies with lows in the upper 70s.

On Friday, highs will be in the low to mid 90s. A few widely scattered showers and storms are possible. As we go through the weekend, highs will slip into the lower 90s. It will still feel much hotter because of the humidity. We'll also have scattered showers and storms in the forecast through the weekend. Some of those storms could be strong. Even more heat relief moves in next week with highs in the mid and upper 80s.

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

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

Tomorrow: Sun and Clouds. Scattered Showers/Storms (20-30%). Highs in the low 90s. Winds: SW/W 5-15 mph.

Weather & Health

Pollen: Moderate (Grasses)

UV Index: 10 (Very High)

Air Quality: Moderate (Code Yellow)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

We are watching a tropical wave several hundred miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands, near the coast of Africa. Some development of this system is possible during the next few days while it moves generally west at about 15 mph. However, environmental conditions are expected to become less conducive for development early next week when the system is over the central tropical Atlantic.

Formation chance through 48 hours: Low (30%)

Formation chance through 5 days: Medium (40%)

We are also keeping our eyes on a second tropical wave located about 1700 miles southeast of the Leeward Islands, near the coast of Africa. This disturbance is moving westward at about 30 mph. Environmental conditions are expected to become somewhat conducive for development this weekend when the disturbance could move toward the northern Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico.

Formation chance through 48 hours: Low (20%)

Formation chance through 5 days: Low (30%)

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Dominic Brown
First Warning Meteorologist
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