Heat & Humidity Sticking Around Through Friday....
The chance for showers and storms will increase a bit Friday afternoon and evening as a cold front approaches the area. Any storms that do fire up Friday afternoon could reach severe limits with wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, hailstones up to 1" in diameter, and frequent lightning. The probability of storms is around 30%. The mercury will be pushing the lower 90s inland, with heat index values approaching 102 degrees.
The front should push through the region by Saturday evening, with scattered showers and storms possible during much of the day.
More comfortable air will move in behind the front on Sunday, with highs in the middle 80s. Mostly sunny skies can be expected from Sunday into early next week.
Tropics A weak area of low pressure was located just east of Puerto Rico Friday morning. The circulation has a good chance (80%) of becoming a tropical storm within the next 5 days . The system is moving west-northwest about 20 mph and will reach the eastern Bahamas late Saturday. The next name on the storm list is Cristobal.
Friday: Hot and sticky with a 30% risk of afternoon storms. Any storms that do form may become severe with wind gusts over 60 mph, hailstones up to 1" and frequent lightning. Highs will be in the lower 90s, with heat indices around 100 degrees. Southwest to west winds at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday Night: Warm and humid with a 40% risk of showers and storms. Lows in the lower 70s. Light winds.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy and cooler with a 40% risk of scattered showers and storms. Highs will be in the middle 80s with winds out of the north at 5 to 10 mph.
Winds will blow from the west at 7 to 12 knots Friday, shifting to the northeast at 10 to 15 knots on Saturday. Offshore wave heights will run from 2 to 3 feet. Swells will run around 1 foot on the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
Skies will be partly sunny on the beaches Friday afternoon, with highs in the upper 80s. A few strong storms may develop during the late afternoon and evening.
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