High temperatures and humidity ahead for remainder of week
Much of North Carolina is under a level 1 risk for severe weather Monday, but not everyone will see storms.Posted — Updated
On Wednesday and Friday, the heat index could reach the triple digits.
Earlier Monday, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Wake, Johnston and Harnett counties. Main hazards are 60mph wind gusts and quarter sized hail. Benson, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina and other locations could be impacted.
The warning expired at 7:30 p.m.
Areas like Wendell, Clayton and Garner were being hit by storms at around 6 p.m. Monday evening.
Storms could pop up just about anywhere across the eastern half of the state, according to WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth.
"Not everyone will get storms. These will be hit and miss," Wilmoth said. "The main risk will be damaging wind gusts and perhaps some hail."
The greatest chance for storms to form comes between about 2 and 8 p.m., she said.
The storms are expected to be slow-moving and bring a chance for flooding near rivers, streams and low-lying areas. An Aerial Flood Advisory was put in place until 9 p.m.
Prepare for above-normal temperatures this week
On Monday, the heat index, or how hot it feels outside, will surpass 100 degrees, a bit hotter than normal for mid-July.
The yearly average for days above 90 degrees at RDU is 44. So far, we've already had 21 days above 90 this year.
- Drink plenty of water
- Stay in the shade
- Wear light clothing if you can
- Put on sunscreen if you are exposed to the sun for long periods of time
- Wear sunglasses if you are outside
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