We just have to get through the rainy and stormy weather tonight! Then we can say goodbye to the summer-like heat and humidity, at least for a few days. Showers and storms started developing across North Carolina earlier this afternoon. A marsh fire erupted in Mainland Dare County southwest of Manns Harbor. A lightning strike is expected to have sparked this fire. This picture was taken by Lisa looking toward Mainland Dare County.
Showers and storms will continue to develop over the next few hours and the main threat tonight will be heavy rain, which could lead to localized street flooding. Check out this view out of Tower Cam 10 looking west out of Portsmouth. You can see the rain shaft on the left side of the picture.
Best chances for rain tonight will be between now and 10 PM. Here is what out Future Trak model has at 9 PM.
The front will move in shortly after midnight. We may see a stray shower along the front, but that is it. Then our northerly winds will pick up behind the front and drive in cooler and drier air. Winds will be running between 10-15mph gusting to 20mph at times. Highs on Wednesday will only be in the mid 70s and humidity levels will also drop! We forecast how it will feel outside by looking at the dew point temperature. Dew point readings were in the lower 70s today and that is why it felt so humid outside. Dew point temperatures are expected to drop into the 50s tomorrow. Finally a breath of fresh air! Great opportunity to open those windows!
Humidity levels will rise a little bit on Thursday as rain chances return to the forecast. The cold front that will move through the region tonight will stall out to our south Wednesday and Thursday. An area of low pressure will ride along it and bring moisture back into Hampton Roads and North Carolina on Thursday. Our Future Trak computer model has scattered showers moving through the area Thursday afternoon.
We will dry out just in time for Memorial Day Weekend! Highs will be in the 70s Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Then we warm back up into the 80s on Monday.
Chief Meteorologist Don Slater will have another update coming up on WAVY News 10 at 10 on FOX43 and WAVY News 10 at 11. Stay tuned!
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona