It has been a sauna out there today! Dew points well into the 70s giving our area a tropical feel as air temperatures climbed into the upper 80s and lower 90s, heat indices into the middle to upper 90s.
All this heat and humidity is driving the development of more widespread thunderstorms this afternoon into this evening. The severe potential is rather low but not absent, Storm Prediction Center has our area under a Level 1, Marginal Risk for strong to severe storms.
As these storms are extremely slow moving our greatest threat is for flooding rainfall, the high humidity means that our atmosphere is juiced and that will result in downpours for prolonged periods of time leading to flooding potential. Frequent lightning and hail is also expected with some of these cells.
Once the sun sets later this evening the threat diminishes rapidly as the source of instability, the heating of the day erodes.
More hot and humid weather is forecast for the remainder of the week, storm chances though are much lower tomorrow and nearly absent on Friday.
Hottest day of the week will be Friday, highs expected to climb into the lower 90s, heat index values in the upper 90s as humidity sticks around with mostly sunny skies..
As far as the forecast for the 4th of July weekend, expect warm and humid conditions to continue along with chances for afternoon storms to develop once again.
TROPICS: The tropical Atlantic is quiet for now, however, a tropical wave located a little closer to the East Coast, has a low chance for tropical development in the next 2 to 5-Day forecast.
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