15 NC counties and 2 VA counties are under alert, including Johnston, Nash, Halifax, Edgecombe, and Mecklenburg, VA counties. Details
Published: 2012-07-31 05:14:00
Updated: 2012-07-31 12:56:48
Posted July 31, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Dense fog that enveloped the Triangle early Tuesday has lifted, leaving behind a warm, sticky day.
Sunshine is destabilizing the atmosphere and could spark a few typical summer storms throughout the day, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
"We're not expecting a lot of widespread severe weather in our area," she said.
The temperature in Raleigh at lunchtime was 81, with humidity at 70 percent. Chapel Hill was cooler at 76 degrees, while Goldsboro was 78 degrees.
Temperatures in towns west of the Triangle were up to 10 degrees cooler than those east of the Triangle – and wide bands of clouds stretched along either side.
"There's a lot going on either side of us," Gardner said. "West and east of the Triangle, we have a better chance of storms."
An upper level disturbance will boost the area’s chances for showers and storms on Wednesday as high temperatures stay in the low 90s.
"We're in an active weather pattern with these disturbances moving into North Carolina, and we'll have a chance again Tuesday afternoon and evening for some isolated thunderstorms," Gardner said. "That pattern will stay with us for the next several days."
The mercury will creep into the upper 90s Thursday and Friday as high pressure builds into the area and lessens the chances for scattered thunderstorms.