Storm chance jump starts hot, humid week

Posted June 19, 2011

— Sunday kicked off a hot and humid week for North Carolina, but despite chances for severe thunderstorms in several counties south of the Triangle, only Sampson County saw rainfall.

Counties to the south of the Triangle were under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. The watch covered Cumberland, Chatham, Hoke, Lee, Moore, Sampson and Scotland counties.

Isolated storms popped up in Sampson County in the early afternoon.

Sunday's high hit the mid-90s, and the humidity made it feel even hotter, said WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner.

The heat and humidity will rise during the start of the work week, while the chance of rain disappears, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.

Monday will have a smaller chance of isolated or widely scattered storms, and that chance will virtually disappear Tuesday and Wednesday.

By then, the mercury will be zooming up into the upper 90s.

"It's likely to feel like 100 to about 105 degrees with the heat index factored in," Moss said.

The chances for isolated storms will return Thursday, but the high temperatures will stay at or above 90 degrees through next Saturday.


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  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 21, 2011

    Another day of rockin' drought. Go brown. Go brown.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 20, 2011

    Any rain chance less than 70% around here is simply a lie. Even then it hardly rains.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 20, 2011

    There is no storm chance, don't lie to yourselves. That's what happens when you are suffering from RECORD DROUGHT!

  • lma1973 Jun 20, 2011

    Its not going to rain for weeks.

  • norainonmyparade Jun 20, 2011

    Thunder, Lightning, and Rain in Garner last night... but that was after this article was posted/updated.
    (Posted: 12:48 p.m. yesterday
    Updated: 8:23 p.m. yesterday)

  • Centurian Jun 20, 2011

    6 tenths of an inch in my rain gauge this morning. Northside of Clayton...1st appreciable rain in almost 4 weeks!

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jun 20, 2011

    Hot, dry weather is affecting most of the US.

    Expect to see changes at the grocery store.

  • PanthersFan45 Jun 20, 2011

    Be nice to get some storms every night so the lawns start turning green once again. We'll probably see heat like this until at least late August ... ughh !! Fall can't get here fast enough.

  • superk Jun 20, 2011

    We live south of Garner and received rain and thunder/lightning storms late last evening. The once empty birdbath was full this morning.

  • shortcake53 Jun 20, 2011

    I dont live in Sampson Co., but got bounced out of bed by severe thunderstorms last night, along with rain and hail.