RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – There is another threat of severe weather Friday along with highs near 100° as a cold front moves through our area late in the day.
A northern portion of the CBS 17 viewing area is now in an “enhanced risk” of severe storms, at a Level 3 of 5, with the rest of the viewing area remaining at a level 2 or “slight risk.”
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued until 7:30 p.m. for central Wayne, southwestern Nash, northwestern Sampson, Harnett, Cumberland County, southeastern Lee, central Wake, Wilson, Johnston, Hoke, and central Franklin counties until 7:30 p.m.
Additionally, another severe thunderstorm warning was issued until 7:45 p.m. for Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax, northeastern Wilson, Franklin and southwestern Hoke counties.
Furthermore, a severe thunderstorm watch was issued until 8 p.m. for Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Nash, Northampton, Orange, Person, Sampson, Vance, Wake, Wayne and Wilson counties.
Finally, a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 8:15 p.m. for Wayne, Sampson, southeastern Cumberland, Wilson, southeastern Johnston, and southeastern Hoke counties
Showers are anticipated to be popping up anytime after 3 p.m. with storms possible by 5 p.m.
The main line of storms should be over the area at about 7 p.m. Friday with weather clearing out by 9:30-10 p.m.
Friday is also expected to be the 6th day in a row with highs in the 90s, but this time highs could be close to 100°.
The forecasted high Friday is 98 and the record high set back in 1945 is 99.
The hottest temperatures will be in the Sandhills where there is a heat advisory in the afternoon. This means heat index values could be as high as 106° from Raeford to Fayetteville to Clinton.
Damaging wind gusts will be the main threat, but large hail is also possible with the storms.