From muggy to cooler in the Triangle, with a chance of storms in between

akenney@newsobserver.comJuly 14, 2014 

— The Triangle likely will see rain and could see severe storms Tuesday thanks to an approaching cold front.

“There’s a threat of several severe thunderstorms,” said Chris Hohmann, chief meteorologist for ABC11. “I don’t know if everybody should get a heavy storm, but they should be fairly numerous.”

Tuesday’s forecast: The day will begin dry and about 90, with storms crossing the region after noon. Some towns may see intense downpours with 2 to 2.5 inches of rain, the National Weather Service said, potentially including flooding in urban areas.

There is a slight chance that wind gusts may hit 60 mph.

Dry soil will generally soak up the rain, Hohmann said.

Later in the week: After the cold front passes Tuesday, cooler air will settle in. Wednesday through the weekend could see temperatures dropping to the low 80s, compared with the above-average, 95-plus degree weather of Sunday and Monday. Humidity has pushed recent heat-index readings – a measure of how the weather feels – into the 100s.

Not too bad: This is the second time this month that disruptive cooler air has pushed in from the west. “We’ve had these little flirtations with really hot weather, but so far this summer, every time that happens, a front comes through and knocks it back down to tolerable levels,” Hohmann said. “We haven’t really had too awful a summer.” Knock on wood.

 

Kenney: 919-829-4870; Twitter: @KenneyNC

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