Humidity, storm chances climb through Tuesday afternoon
Posted July 22
Raleigh, N.C. — The upper-level area of low pressure that helped to kick off widespread showers and storms Monday slipped to the south and west Tuesday, but there is still a chance for a localized downpour through the afternoon and evening hours, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.
Precipitation shouldn't be as widespread as it was on Monday, when parts of Durham dealt with flash flooding as a result of slow-moving storms.
"We'll be watching for those locally heavy downpours this afternoon," Gardner said.
"We should see some showers and storms form, but they won't be quite as numerous as they were yesterday."
Clouds were keeping high temperatures in the 80s for the seventh straight day with and oppressive humidity – averaging more than 60 percent – made the heat feel even more uncomfortable.
That humidity and the chance to storms climbs through the afternoon Tuesday, peaking during the evening rush hour in Raleigh. In Fayetteville and the Sandhills, the humidity was equally stifling, but rain chances remain low.
More sunshine is in the forecast for Wednesday, and afternoon highs will likely return to the low 90s.
Stronger thunderstorms are possible on Thursday, but drier conditions should return for Friday and Saturday as highs return to the upper 80s.