Cluster of storms could bring severe weather

Posted July 27, 2014

— Scattered showers and severe storms are possible Sunday evening and overnight as a cluster of thunderstorms move into central North Carolina from the northwest.

"We're going to be keeping an eye on these storms and the potential for them to roll into our area and maybe some outflow boundaries ahead of those storms developing this evening," WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.

There's an elevated risk of severe storms – capable of producing damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes – for most of the area.

"This isn't going to be a huge outbreak for us, but there is a potential" Wilmoth said, adding that any storms that do develop could quickly become severe.

A tornado – the result of that cluster of storms – was confirmed earlier Sunday evening in eastern Tennessee near the North Carolina border, and a tornado watch was in effect Sunday evening. for the western part of the state, including Mecklenburg County.

Afternoon thunderstorms are also in the forecast for Monday – mostly in southeast counties – when temperatures will reach the low to mid-90s.

As for the rest of the week, highs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday should top out in the mid-80s, and overnight lows will dip to near 60 degrees each of those nights.

The next chance of severe weather is Friday.

This weekend marked the first multiple-day stretch of above-average temperatures in nearly two weeks.

High temperatures recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport haven't reached the 90-degree mark on consecutive days since July 15, and the area has seen a long stretch of 80-degree weather since. Nine of the last 10 days have been below 88 degrees.

The warmest day of the year so far was 97 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on June 18 and 19.


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