Sunny, stormy weather sets in for the week

Posted August 7, 2011 6:59 a.m. EDT
Updated August 8, 2011 6:38 a.m. EDT

Heat Index, DMA

— Heat-fueled storms lit up the skies with lightning Sunday evening, but sunny skies and temperatures in the 90s dominate the forecast this week, WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said.

The mercury climbed to the mid and upper 90s Sunday, but humidity over 90 percent made it feel about 10 degrees warmer. Areas south of the Triangle saw gusty, sudden showers and storms Sunday afternoon and evening as the heat and humidity of the day peaked.

Radar showed a severe thunderstorm shortly after 11 p.m. that stretched from Hope Mills to Stedman in Cumberland County.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue to pop up overnight, Deaner said, but cloud cover will dissipate Monday morning, making way for triple digit temperatures from Raleigh to Fayetteville.

Many of North Carolina's counties were under a heat advisory Sunday and that advisory was expected to be reissued Monday, Deaner said.

It will remain muggy even overnight this week. The daily low temperatures are forecast in the low 70s.