Strong showers pepper 'typical summer' weather

Posted July 14, 2012 7:23 a.m. EDT
Updated July 14, 2012 6:12 p.m. EDT

— Strong showers were dumping heavy rain in eastern North Carolina and the Sandhills Saturday evening, but coverage remained spotty.

"These are just popping up and fizzling out all over the place," WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.

The storms were packing downpours, lightning and gusty winds up to 40 mph, but none were severe. The showers are expected to die off once the sun sets.

Temperatures cooled dramatically where the showers hit. While Raleigh coasted to a high around 91 degrees, Rocky Mount was 12 degrees cooler, at 79 degrees.

Similar, "typical summer-like" weather will hang around Sunday and into the work week, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.

"It’s what you expect this time of year pretty much," he said. "We’re not going to have an exceptional amount of showers and thunderstorms out there. We’re not going to see those triple-digit temperatures, although we are warming up a little bit compared to what we had over the past several days."

In the Triangle, Sunday will see a high of 93 and a 10 to 20 percent chance of showers. The chance of rain will increase Monday and continue to rise through the week, as temperatures hit a midweek apex with a high of 95 on Thursday.