FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Severe storms return as heat remains oppressive

High heat and humidity will send developing thunderstorms again into the severe categorization later today
Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 7:47 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2022 at 1:01 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Today is, again, a First Alert Weather Day due to the potential of severe storms. A heat advisory is again in effect until 7 p.m. The heat and humidity combo will help push scattered storms into the severe storm categorization starting in the late afternoon. Rain showers will develop after lunch but the severe weather threat will rise between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A breakdown of today's severe weather threat, what to expect and when to expect it.
A breakdown of today's severe weather threat, what to expect and when to expect it.(WITN Weather)

The threat most will see is straight-line wind gusts (+60 mph). Due to the high heat and unstable atmosphere, hail will also be possible. The threat of tornadoes is not at a complete zero, but data is showing a poor setup for tornadic activity this afternoon and evening (always welcome news). The earliest drops could develop by 2 p.m., but most will see the rain really increase once we get past 4 p.m. The storms will likely linger over the East until early Friday morning.

Downpours will impact everyone in Eastern NC today. The tornado threat is minimal, however...
Downpours will impact everyone in Eastern NC today. The tornado threat is minimal, however straight line winds will be the main severe weather threat most experience this evening.(WITN Weather)

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