Scorching heat is blanketing Eastern Carolina.

The heat helped severe thunderstorms form Tuesday afternoon.

Edgecombe County is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 8:30 pm. Wilson, Wayne and Nash counties have a severe thunderstorm warning until 8:45 pm.

A heat advisory in effect for Eastern Carolina expired at 6:00 p.m., but not before blanketing the area with sweltering temperatures and heat indexes well above 100 degrees.

The heat wave is expected to last throughout the week.

Stay tuned to WITN and for updates.

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A Heat Advisory will be in effect from noon through 6 pm for Washington, Tyrrell, Dare, Hyde, Beaufort, Pamlico, Craven, Jones, Onslow, Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck, and Duplin counties.

Temperatures in the mid 90s will combine with high humidity levels to create heat index values up to 106° this afternoon.

Remember to drink plenty of fluids and stay in the air conditioning if possible. Also check on relatives as well as pets to make sure they are prepared for the excessive heat.

A large ridge of high pressure off the east coast will keep eastern Carolina sweltering through the end of the week and on into the weekend.

Stay tuned to WITN and WITN.COM for the latest information.

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