Raleigh, N.C. — After a drizzly and gray start to Thursday, thunderstorms started popping up across the region in the afternoon.
A warm front was parked over North Carolina, but a cold front approaching from the west increased the chance of severe weather as the day progresses, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said, noting tiny storm cells were already growing in size and quantity shortly after noon.
The cloud cover could break in some areas, but Gardner said that could only increase the instability in the atmosphere and the chance for storms.
"We're not expecting any widespread severe weather," she said.
High temperatures will remain in the low 80s Thursday, but as the clouds move off the coast Friday, highs will increase to near 90. The cold front will also usher in lower humidity.
"Most of us are going to be treated to a delightful day," Gardner said.
The weekend brings another increased chance for summer thunderstorms, with plenty of sunshine and highs around 90 both Saturday and Sunday. By Sunday, the chance of rain was back up to 40 percent.
Next week, temperatures will be cooler, with highs in the mid-80s.