Published: 2012-08-07 11:30:00
Updated: 2012-08-07 18:58:30
Posted August 7, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Widespread rain kept temperatures down and the air humid across the region on Tuesday, with some areas seeing heavy rainfall and cloud-to-ground lightning.
Light to moderate rain fell over much of the state throughout the day. By evening, the slow-moving storm cells had weakened considerably, but scattered showers continue to be possible into the overnight hours, said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.
"There is certainly a lot of real estate that is not getting wet right now, but there are a few areas that are," Fishel said.
Pockets of Wake and Halifax counties saw an impressive amount of cloud-to-ground lightning, but it was not widespread, he said.
Raleigh reached a high Tuesday of 83 degrees. That's lower than the last several days but nothing remarkable for the season, Fishel said.
The wet weather will likely persist through Wednesday, when the chance of rain is 40 percent.
Wednesday’s high in Raleigh is expected to be 87, climbing up to 92 on Thursday with humidity hovering around 90 percent. By the weekend, temperatures will fall back to the upper 80s.
“This has been an interesting summer for us,” said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. “It was so hot in July, but we actually ended up with a number of days where we had enough rain to keep us above the minimum levels for drought.”