Sunday's storms will signal cooler weather

Posted June 12, 2011 12:19 p.m. EDT

— Sunday got off to a hot, sticky start with a humid morning, and a round of afternoon and evening storms appears to be on tap before some relief from the heat arrives.

"As we get into the later afternoon and evening, we'll have that chance of showers and thunderstorms flaring up," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.

The storms will largely be scattered and hit-and-miss but could become numerous in some spots. Eastern North Carolina has the best shot at storms and showers.

"Some of those could be intense as well," Moss said.

There's a slight risk of severe storms.

The greatest danger is from downburst winds that might be strong "enough to take down a tree here and there or some power lines in spots," Moss said. People should also watch out for large hail and isolated, heavy rain, and there's a "tiny chance" of tornadoes, he said.

The chances for storms will die off quickly once night falls, and the humidity and temperatures will drop as well.

While Sunday will see a high around 92 degrees, the mercury is predicted to stay in the low to upper 80s from Monday to Thursday.