Charlie’s First Alert Forecast: Scattered storms expected as heat builds

Heat index values will reach around 100 to 105° today and with more of the same expected tomorrow
Published: Aug. 20, 2021 at 4:56 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 29, 2021 at 7:31 AM EDT
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Forecast Discussion: The high pressure system that has kept the rain away will finally start to break down. This won’t impact our heat profile as we’ll still see highs in the low to mid 90s with a heat index well into the 100s. What we will see is a better chance of scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. The heat and humidity will help fuel these storms, but once the sun sets, the activity will wane. The same pattern will persist through Tuesday.

Hurricane Ida is gaining strength as it moves toward Louisiana. As of this morning, Ida was a category 4 hurricane with a projected landfall near Grand Isle, LA this afternoon, exactly 16 years to the day of Katrina’s landfall.

Here in the East, the Winterville Watermelon Festival will be taking place again today with plenty of rides, vendors, food trucks and of course, watermelon! Stay hydrated and have fun!


Partly sunny and hot. High of 93°. Heat index: 103°. Wind: W 5.


Sunny and hot with a high of 94. Wind: NW 5.