May 17: Hello Humidity, Daily Links


Hot and breezy weather today, with high temperatures around 90° this afternoon:

Sustained winds at 15-20 mph with gusts over 25 mph will try to move you around on the road a bit, so keep both hands on the wheel!

Still dry today, but the humidity will be slightly more noticeable, with dew points this afternoon around 60° — firmly in “meh” territory on the Muggy Meter:

The mugginess really increases tomorrow, with dew points reaching the mid 60s:

It will feel sticky all the way through the weekend…that also means at least a slight chance of thunderstorms each day.  Just isolated storms tomorrow, with highs in the upper 80s:

A better chance of scattered storms Friday afternoon — I’m not wild about how any of the forecast models are depicting that chance, so I’m not going to show you any radar simulations yet today.  The best chance of storms Saturday will be north of I-40, then showers and storms will be likely areawide on Sunday:

The severe thunderstorm potential is never ZERO when the humidity is at the level it will be through the weekend, but it doesn’t look like there won’t be enough wind energy overhead to support a widespread or significant severe thunderstorm threat:

That said, it’s still May and it’s still severe weather season, so we’ll keep a close eye on things.




About paulheggen33

Morning meteorologist for WNCN-TV in Raleigh.
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