Much of our viewing area has been put under a severe thunderstorm watch until 7 p.m. However, storms could linger a bit longer than that as our approaching cold front pushes through.
Watch for hail, scattered gusts up to 75 mph, and lightning during this period, the National Weather Service warns. The NWS issued the watch at 1:56 p.m. on Tuesday.
With an already unstable atmosphere due to daytime heating, an approaching cold front is tracking through the region. The front likely will send storms offshore by 8 p.m.
The main timeframe for the limited organization of scattered storms should be in between 4 and 5 p.m. for the Pee Dee and Border Belt, with more organization as it gets toward the beaches in between 5 and 7 p.m.
Lightning and severe hail will be factors, along with the potential of damaging straight-line winds at 60 mph.
Highs will top out in the low 90s inland. Highs will climb to the upper 80s at the beaches but with the high humidity, it will feel more like mid 90s. T
Conditions will calm as we get into the overnight period.
The storms will push offshore into the evening and we’ll dry out overnight.
Temperatures will cool slightly over the next few days with only a slight chance for a stray storm Wednesday and even more sunshine on Thursday. We’ll heat back up Friday and Saturday, with most into the 90s Saturday afternoon. The chances for storms returns on Sunday.
Today: Mostly sunny, hot and humid with coastal afternoon storms. Highs: 90-92 inland, 88 beaches.
Tonight: Partly cloudy and mild, Lows: 65-66 inland, 69-70 beaches.
Wednesday: mostly sunny and warm. Highs: 88-90 inland, 86 beaches.