Aggressive thunderstorms, downpour kick off stormy Father's Day weekend
Posted June 16
Raleigh, N.C. — Friday's humid atmosphere brought in overnight showers and stormy skies. Active storms included lightning activity, and overnight thunderstorms could interact to produce more thunderstorm activity.
Thousands in the area experienced power outages due to the storm, according to Duke Energy.
Drivers across the Triangle were seen pulling over due to heavy rain and unsafe travel conditions.
It is definitely summer in North Carolina, and the heat and humidity is here to stay, said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.
"It's still unknown how much rain we'll see," Fishel said. "Storms will amplify throughout the Friday night with some vigor."
"We are seeing some aggressive lightning in the area."
"High dewpoints certainly make it hotter than it actually is right now," Fishel said. "Many areas have dewpoints of 70 or higher."
Saturday will be wet as well with mostly cloudy skies, scattered showers and storms highly likely. The greatest change of storms comes in the afternoon, Fishel said. Expect highs in the mid to upper 80s.
Like Friday, Saturday brings abundant cloud cover at the start of the day and hot, sticky temperatures.
There will likely be storms, but Fishel said not to cancel all plans just yet. There is the chance sun will peak through the clouds for at least part of the day.
"Saturday brings more afternoon storms and warm and humid air," Fishel said.
Father's Day will be even warmer with highs in the low 90s and sticky, humid air. Expect some hit-or-miss storms later in the day.
"It looks like Sunday and Monday will bring widely scattered activity again," Fishel said.
Monday brings another chance of storms that should last until Thursday, with warm temperatures and heavy cloud coverage.
"Tuesday looks like the wettest day of the next seven, with a good chance of more widespread activity, and then after that, we will have fewer showers to end the weekend," Fishel said.