Heat & Humidity Sticking Around Through Friday....
The heat and high relative humidity will continue to build across eastern Carolina through Friday afternoon. Mid-afternoon temperatures will push into the lower 90s, with heat index values approaching 102 degrees. Skies will start out partly to mostly sunny then some thunderstorms are likely to develop during the afternoon and evening.
Showers and storms will likely continue into Saturday as a slow-moving cold front pushes into the area. There will be some locally heavy downpours associated with the storms.
The front should be offshore by Saturday evening, with scattered showers and storms lingering near the front.
More comfortable air will move in behind the front by Sunday, with highs in the middle 80s. We should see partly to mostly sunny conditions Sunday into early next week.
Tropics A disturbance in the Atlantic may become more organized and develop into a tropical system in the coming days. The disturbance was located a couple hundred miles east of the Windward Islands late Thursday morning. As seen in the graphic, the circulation has a good chance (70%) of becoming a named storm by over the next few days. The system is drifting slowly west-northwest about 10 to 15 mph and will approach the Lesser Antilles Thursday night into Friday. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft will investigate the system Thursday afternoon. The next name on the storm list is Cristobal.
Thursday Night: Sultry, with a stray storm possible. Lows in the lower to middle 70s. Light south winds.
Friday: Hot and sticky with a 40% risk of afternoon and evening storms. 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.
Winds will blow from the southwest at 5 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 middle to upper 80s. A few storms may develop during the afternoon and evening.
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