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Storms to continue overnight ahead of dry Wednesday

The hottest day of the year so far ended with heavy rain across North Carolina and storms are expected to continue overnight.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The hottest day of the year so far ended with heavy rain across North Carolina and storms are expected to continue overnight.

Temperatures at Raleigh-Durham International Airport climbed to 98 degrees Tuesday, but a cold front that will bring relief from the heat brought downpours and lightning in many areas.

We're still expecting hit and miss showers and storms to increase over the area as we head through the later afternoon and evening, with the biggest concern being some localized heavy downpours that could lead to flash flooding in a few spots. A few cells could also produce gusty downdraft winds, and while the likelihood of damaging winds is low, the Storm Prediction Center has extended the level 1 (lowest) risk area a bit farther south, into northeastern parts of our viewing area. @WRALweather

Dangerous lightning was reported near Harnett County by about 8:30 p.m. and more than four inches of rain had fallen by that time near Angier. Some areas, however, saw no rain at all.

"Some of you had nothing at all today, some of you had way too much," WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.

Wilmoth said the cold front won't pass through the region until about 3 a.m., so the potential for thunderstorms will remain through the overnight hours.

"There's still a few hours to deal with these storms until the cold front clears the area," she said.

Sikes should be dry in time for the Wednesday morning commute.

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Following the rain, temperatures will be more comfortable, with low humidity and highs in the 80s.

"It'll feel a little bit better tomorrow," Wilmoth said.

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