First Warning Forecast: Tracking showers, storms and a break from the intense heat

Posted at 1:06 PM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 13:06:32-04

***A Heat Advisory is in effect until 6 PM today for areas south of Albemarle Sound, including Dare County.***

Tracking showers, storms and a break from the intense 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 afternoon, expect high temperatures to climb into the low and mid 90s. Heat index values will be near 100 this afternoon but higher over Northeastern North Carolina. We’ll see a decent mix of sun and clouds, but we’ll also be looking out for pop-up showers and thunderstorms. Any storms that develop could produce some heavy rain and gusty winds, but overall, our severe threat is relatively low. Tonight, a few isolated showers and storms are possible. Otherwise, expect partly cloudy skies with lows in the upper 70s.

We’ll see more scattered showers and storms this weekend. Again, 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 near 90 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.

Today: Sun and Cloud Mix. Widely Scattered Showers/Storms (30%). Highs in the low 90s. Heat index near 102. Winds: W/N 5-15 mph.

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

Tomorrow: Partly Sunny. Scattered Showers/Storms (40%). Highs near 90. Winds: 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 two disturbances in the Atlantic…

A tropical wave located about 1200 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is moving westward at about 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 (20%)

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%)

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Dominic Brown
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