Phew! It was hot outside yesterday, and we'll keep the heat-theme going for our Thursday. In fact, temperatures will be very close to where they topped out on Wednesday. Upstate thermometers will climb into the low 90s this afternoon, while WNC towns will hit the mid 80s.
Humidity will bump up a bit today as winds shift to more of a southwesterly direction, but it will be manageable. Friday will be a muggier day, as dewpoints work back into the 60s. Behind a cold front, dry air in place this weekend will make us feel downright comfortable (so there's some good news to get you through the week)!
Much of our Thursday will be dry - with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies overhead. By late-day (dinner-time and this evening) we'll likely see a few storms fire, mainly up into Western North Carolina. I've gone with a 30-40 percent chance, meaning the storms won't affect everyone. They'll be fairly hit-or-miss in the Upstate and scattered in the Mountains. Today's severe risk is higher west of our area (see the Storm Prediction Center's Day 1 Convective Outlook here), but a strong or severe storm isn't out of the question.
A cold front will push through the area tomorrow, bringing a better opportunity for widespread rain and t-storms... and also increasing our severe risk. Nearly our entire area is within the SPC's Slight Risk area (see here) - as the severe threat will be higher tomorrow. The timeframe for storms will be afternoon/evening, and the main threats will be damaging wind gusts and hail.
As Kendra told you in the last post, the weekend will be much better. In fact, I'd say it'll be fantastic! We'll see plenty of sunshine behind the front, along with the already-mentioned lower humidity levels. Temperatures will be seasonal - and even a bit below-normal - in the low/mid 80s in the Upstate and the mid/upper 70s in WNC.