Storm chance jump starts hot, humid week

Posted June 19, 2011 12:48 p.m. EDT
Updated June 19, 2011 8:23 p.m. EDT

— Sunday kicked off a hot and humid week for North Carolina, but despite chances for severe thunderstorms in several counties south of the Triangle, only Sampson County saw rainfall.

Counties to the south of the Triangle were under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. The watch covered Cumberland, Chatham, Hoke, Lee, Moore, Sampson and Scotland counties.

Isolated storms popped up in Sampson County in the early afternoon.

Sunday's high hit the mid-90s, and the humidity made it feel even hotter, said WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner.

The heat and humidity will rise during the start of the work week, while the chance of rain disappears, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.

Monday will have a smaller chance of isolated or widely scattered storms, and that chance will virtually disappear Tuesday and Wednesday.

By then, the mercury will be zooming up into the upper 90s.

"It's likely to feel like 100 to about 105 degrees with the heat index factored in," Moss said.

The chances for isolated storms will return Thursday, but the high temperatures will stay at or above 90 degrees through next Saturday.