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Thunderstorms possible Tuesday as summer-like heat continues

After we saw the hottest day of the year so far on Monday, we will see highs in the 80s on Tuesday along with a chance for severe weather.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Get ready for another warm day on Tuesday, as we'll be in the 80s for the rest of the week.

Storms will be weakening overnight and lows will be in the low 60s when you wake up Tuesday morning.

While it won't be as hot Monday, highs will reach the mid-to-upper 80s on Tuesday,

Bus stop forecast, Tuesday, April 16.
  • Tuesday: Chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s.
  • Wednesday: Some clouds return. Highs in the low 80s.
  • Thursday: Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. Highs in the mid 80s.

Level 1 risk on Tuesday: Thunderstorms roll in

There is a Level 1 risk for severe weather for parts of central North Carolina on Tuesday. It includes all of the Triangle.

Storms are possible from Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening. It's possible the risk area will be shifted further south towards the Sandhills.

Rain chances, Tuesday, April 16

A front will stall in NC and steer another complex of scattered storms through part of our viewing area during the evening.

Futurecast for 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

"Exactly which counties have the best chance will depend on where the front stalls," WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell said.

Damaging winds are the biggest threat.

There is a Level 1 risk for severe weather on Tuesday for parts of central North Carolina, including all of the Triangle. Storms are possible from Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening.

Calm, but hot week

After Tuesday, the rest of the week will be mostly sunny with calm conditions. Expect some afternoon clouds, but overall, it will be a dry and hot week.

We'll see mid to upper 80s for most of the week, with our normal high being 72 degrees.

Humidity will increase slightly on Monday and Tuesday but remaining tolerable. Overall, it shouldn't feel too uncomfortable despite the heat.

On Sunday, we begin a cooler-than-normal pattern Sunday into early next week, but it will be brief.

Temperature anomally, Sunday, April 21.

With all this warm weather, the flowers and trees are blooming – meaning pollen counts are high. If you're sneezing, that could be why!

7-Day Forecast

7-day forecast for central NC

  • Tuesday: Sunny and warm. High of 85.
  • Wednesday: Some clouds return. Highs in the low 80s.
  • Thursday: Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. Highs in the mid 80s.
  • Friday: A mix of clouds and sun in the morning giving way to a few showers during the afternoon. High of 82.
  • Saturday: Partly cloudy skies. Highs in the low 80s.
  • Sunday: Cool down. Scattered showers with cloudy skies. High of 70.
  • Monday: Mild start to the work week, highs in the mid 60s.
Rainbow

Beautiful 'double rainbow' after the storms earlier this week

Several WRAL viewers from places like Dunn and Coats got a special treat after the storms rolled past: A bright and vivid 'double rainbow.'

Double rainbow over Food Lion Distribution center in Dunn NC after severe storms

One person sent a lovely view from Dunn near the Food Lion Distribution Center.

Coats, NC looking East

Another sent a view from Coats, looking eastward.

Double rainbow

Prepare for a busy 2024 Atlantic hurricane season forecast

Forecasters at Colorado State University are calling for 24 named storms in the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. That is higher than the average year, when 14 storms earn a name.

CSU forecasters say 11 storms will reach hurricane strength, up from the average of seven, and five of those hurricanes could be "major," that is Category 3, 4 or 5, with winds over 111 mph.

Colorado State University forecasters are predicting a busy 2024 Atlantic hurricane season.

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