Published: 2021-07-22 23:26:00
Updated: 2021-07-26 23:23:22
Posted July 22, 2021 11:26 p.m. EDT
Updated July 26, 2021 11:23 p.m. EDT
By WRAL Severe Weather Center
Temperatures Monday were in the 80s but felt more like the 90s, due to that tropical humidity in the air.
Additional showers and storms will be possible on Tuesday as a cold front passes through North Carolina.
Another round of scattered showers and storms will develop Tuesday afternoon and evening.
"These are likely to be slow-moving and could produce heavy rain leading to localized flooding," WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell said. "Highs will be in the upper 80s to near 90 but it will feel more like 100 degrees when you factor in the humidity."
Once the cold front drops in from the north, it will be aided by some upper-level energy to bring about widespread showers on Tuesday.
Over the next three days, central North Carolina could pick up at least half-an-inch to an inch and a half of rain.
"By Wednesday, storm chances decrease to 30% as a ridge of high pressure builds east," Campbell said. "Highs climb back into the low 90s with a heat index in the triple digits. In fact, every day this week will feel like 100+. Thursday is the hottest day with a forecast high of 94."
We'll have a couple of days of unsettled weather, and then it turns hot -- some of the hottest weather we've seen this summer. Starting on Wednesday, temperatures will feel much hotter, with a heat index over 100 degrees. Make sure to stay hydrated, and limit your time outdoors if possible.
It's looking less likely that a low pressure system off the coast of Florida will develop.
The system will not impact North Carolina other than a moderate risk of rip currents at the coast.