First Warning Forecast: Tracking scattered storms and a break from the extreme heat

Posted at 3:33 PM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 15:33:03-04

Tracking scattered storms and a break from the extreme heat….If you’ve been waiting for a break from the extreme heat we’ve had over the past several days, then get ready. We’re tracking highs in the 80s. But before we get there, we’ll have to dodge a few thunderstorms, even for the weekend.

As we move through our Friday evening, a couple of isolated showers and storms are possible. But a lot us will be dry under partly cloudy skies. Low temperatures will be in the upper 70s.

We’ll see more scattered showers and storms this weekend. Any storms that develop could produce heavy rain and gusty winds, so keep that in mind. We’ll track the storms closely for you. However, we’re not expecting a weekend washout. We’ll see partly sunny skies otherwise. Highs will be in the lower 90s Saturday and Sunday with heat index values close to the triple digits.

Next week, high temperatures will cool into the mid 80s by midweek as our rain chances go down a bit, too.

Friday Night: Partly Cloudy. Isolated Showers/Storms (20-30%). Lows in the upper 70s. Winds: N/E 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Partly Sunny. Scattered Showers/Storms (40%). Highs near 90. Winds: E/SE 5-10 mph.

Sunday: Partly Sunny. Scattered Shower/Storms (60%). Highs in the lower 90s. Winds: W 5-10 mph.

Weather & Health for Saturday

Pollen: Low to Moderate (Grasses)

UV Index: Very High

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

We are watching two disturbances in the Atlantic…

A tropical wave located about 1100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is moving westward at about 20-25 mph. This system is poorly organized and any development should be slow. This system will likely bring showers and gusty winds to portions of the Leeward Islands and the eastern Caribbean Sea this weekend.

Formation chance through 48 hours: Low (10%)

Formation chance through 5 days: Low (30%)

A tropical wave and a low pressure system a couple of hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands has become better organized since yesterday. Additional development is possible during the next day or two before moving into a less favorable environment over the central Atlantic next week.

Formation chance through 48 hours: Medium (40%)

Formation chance through 5 days: Medium (50%)

Friday in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

2005 F0 Tornado: Pasquotank Co

Dominic Brown

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