63 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2014-06-18 08:59:00
Updated: 2014-06-18 14:44:30
Posted June 18, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Isolated thunderstorms are possible Wednesday afternoon in central North Carolina as a result of a ridge of high pressure that has weakened.
The chance of rain for most areas is about 20 percent, but areas that see it could potentially experience heavy downpours, strong wind gusts and lightning.
“I think your chances of getting wet today are in the ballpark of 2 in 10 before the day is done,” WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said. “”We’ll see those storms winding down this evening.”
More certain, however, is the heat.
Temperatures were already in the low 90s by noon and were expected to climb to the upper 90s.
Heat index readings were around the mid-90s and were expected to reach 100 degrees in some areas.
Similar conditions – high temperatures in the 90s and the chance of thunderstorms – are in the forecast for the rest of the week.