Raleigh, N.C. — Clouds gathered into frightening shapes again Friday afternoon, as a line of fast-moving thunderstorms swept across central North Carolina, capping a week of roller-coaster weather.
No serious damage had been reported by the time skies had cleared over Raleigh around 8 p.m.
Friday's high temperatures topped 90 degrees, and the heat index pushed 100 in some parts of the state. The warm, humid weather gave way to thunder and lightning, localized, brief downpours and high winds as day turned to evening.
The severe weather was short-lived, as the storms were moving at upwards of 30 mph. Winds were measured at almost 70 mph near Rougemont at 5:35 p.m.
A similar weather pattern presents the potential for afternoon storms each day during the coming week, according to WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.
Storms on Saturday will be more widely scattered before the intensity picks up again for Sunday and Monday.
When the work week returns, the daytime heat will abate a bit, with temperatures staying in the mid-80s.
Those headed to the North Carolina beaches or mountains for the Fourth of July won't escape the storms. The forecast in those areas is much the same – muggy days with the chance for rain at greater than 50 percent each afternoon.