Radar has stayed fairly quiet since the showers and storms we had this morning. We do have a could of storms in the southern mountains as of 6:45PM, and an additional activity should remain fairly isolated. The reason for LESS storms and MORE heat is an upper level ridge. The ULR causes sinking air which suppressed widespread storms and also creates a heat bubble. Highs tomorrow, thanks to this ridge sliding east, will reach to near 100 in the Upstate and low 90s for the mountains. But, the real clincher is that the heat index will be 105-110 during the late afternoon hours.
By Friday it will still be hot, but we'll be watching a cold front move in from the northwest. This front will act as a focus for showers and storms late on Friday, and it could mean some more severe weather for us. Damaging wind and hail will be possible with any storm that develops. The storms will clear late Friday night, then the front is expected to sink south of us for the weekend. This would mean SLIGHTLY cooler temps and minimal rain chances. Highs will cool off by about 5-7 degrees and it will be a little less muggy. HOWEVER, as Andy and Alex would agree, fronts are funny about not making it as far south as models think they will this time of year. If it does stall out over us, that will mean higher weekend rain chances and continued muggy and hot conditions. We should get a better grip on that by late tomorrow, but I'm still holding out hope that it will pass!