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FORECAST: FRIDAY, JULY 17TH; HOT TEMPERATURES CONTINUE WITH PM STORMS POSSIBLE

FORECAST discussion for Friday, Happy last day of the workweek, North Carolina! Looking ahead at Friday, it will be another hot day with highs in the 90s outside of the mountains. Partly to mostly sunny skies with dewpoints increasing again, this will make for heat index values in the afternoon the upper 90s to low 100s. High pressure will slowly shift to away, this has been allowing for sinking air, preventing thunderstorm development other than isolated, but a short wave will move through Friday afternoon, allowing for scattered thunderstorms to develop. The thunderstorm coverage will be about 40%, so not everyone will see storms but more will. I'll have the best timing below.

Scattered thunderstorms expected to develop mainly after lunchtime with the best chance at first across the western part of the state and then expanding to the east. The main threat with storms will be gusty winds and heavy rainfall, but one or two storms could be severe with microbursts. "A microburst is a localized column of sinking air (downdraft) within a thunderstorm and is usually less than or equal to 2.5 miles in diameter. Microbursts can cause extensive damage at the surface, and in some instances, can be life-threatening. NWS"

Here's a look at the radar could look like, remember do not take this literally.






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