FORECAST: Wednesday, July 29th, 2020; Partly sunny and slightly cooler with PM storms likely.
Happy Wednesday, North Carolina! Partly sunny skies today and just *slightly* cooler with highs in the low-mid 90s across the state 80s in the mountains. Heat index values will be in the upper 90s to about 105° again very humid conditions. Scattered showers and thunderstorms likely again today, the storms will focus on a trough and leftover boundaries from last night. Hit or miss storms likely throughout the mountains, but the best chance for storms will be Central and Eastern NC today. As normal over the past couple, we can't pinpoint the exact location of the storms because, unfortunately, technically just doesn't work that way, but we know some will get wet while others will see nothing. The storms will have gusty winds, heavy rainfall, and lightning. A couple of the storms could be strong to severe with damaging winds to 60 MPH from 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.