Heat and humidity continue through start of weekend

EARLIER: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Vance, Franklin, Durham, and Granville counties until 5 p.m.

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FULL FORECAST BELOW

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) –  A rare July cold front will move through central North Carolina Saturday night, bringing a brief relief from the heat and humidity to the area.  Out ahead of the front on Saturday, skies will be mostly sunny as temperatures soar back into the mid and even upper 90s.  With the humidity, it will feel like its around 97 in the Triangle and over 100 in the Sandhills.

Strong to severe storms are possible after 4 PM on Saturday as the cold front approaches from the west.  The Storm Prediction Center has placed central North Carolina under a “Slight Risk” for severe storms, meaning scattered, severe storms will be possible.  The main threat with any storm will be the possibility of damaging wind gusts, but some small hail may also occur.  Most of the storms should wrap up and move east before midnight.  Drier weather will move in overnight with cooler conditions heading our way on Sunday.

Sunday’s high temperatures will fall into the upper 80s.  It will be slightly less humid, but may still feel muggy at times.  The cold front will stall to our east, becoming more stationary by Monday.  Expect highs Monday around 90 with just a small chance of a stray afternoon storm, especially southeast of the Triangle.  It will be a little hotter on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the lower 90s, and with the hot and humid weather, there could be a PM shower or storm.  Next Thursday and Friday, a front will approach the state and there will be a better chance of scattered showers and storms.

Saturday will be mostly sunny in the morning with partly sunny skies during the afternoon and a chance of widely scattered storms, some of which may be severe.  It will be hot and humid with a high of 94.  Winds will be southwest 8 to 12 mph.  The rain risk will be 40 percent.

Saturday Night will have evening scattered storms followed by decreasing clouds overnight.  The overnight low will be 69.  Winds will become north 3 to 5 mph.  The rain risk will be 40 percent.7DAY_WP_FULL

Sunday will be partly to mostly sunny.  The high will be 88.  Winds will be northeast around 5 mph.  There is a very small chance of rain Sunday, mainly south and southeast of the Triangle.  The rain risk will be 10 percent.

Monday will be mostly to partly sunny.  The high will be near 90, after a morning low of 68.  A stray PM storm will be possible, mainly southeast of the Triangle. The rain risk will be 20 percent.

Tuesday will be mostly to partly sunny with a slight risk of a PM storm.  The high will be 91, after a morning low of 71.  The rain risk will be 20 percent.

Wednesday will be partly sunny, hot and humid with a PM storm possible.  The high will be 92, after a morning low of 73.  The rain risk will be 30 percent.

Thursday will be partly sunny, hot and humid with a risk of a PM storm.  The high will be around 90, after a morning low of 72.  The rain risk will be 30 percent.

Next Friday will be partly sunny with showers or storms possible.  The high will be 90, after a morning low of 73.  The rain risk will be 40 percent.

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This forecast was prepared by the WNCN weather team and is based on the latest information available and years of weather forecasting in North Carolina. It was not produced by a computer like many forecasts you find on the web, social media and smarts phone apps.

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