Surge of summer heat paves way for severe storms

EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA - The hottest weather of the summer season so far will broil Eastern North Carolina over the next several days. 

On Wednesday, we reported temperatures will surge into the mid to upper 90s over the next couple of days, as a surge of summertime heat comes out of the desert southwest through the Central Plains and into Eastern North Carolina. 

With mainly sunny skies expected, we will have no problem reaching the hottest temperatures we've seen so far all season. Dew points have dropped slightly compared to earlier in the week.  We only expected to feel close to 100 degrees on Wednesday.  However, dew points will return to the sultry 70s by Thursday, when it will feel more like 105 degrees.

A strong cold front will slam into this warm, tropical air and generate strong to possibly severe storms late Thursday evening into the predawn hours Friday morning.  The main threat from these storms will be damaging wind gusts, large hail, and potentially an isolated tornado. 

The main concern with this system is that it will be coming during the night.  The cold front will make its way off the coast Friday morning, ushering in dryer and more seasonable air for the coming Father's Day Weekend.  

If you are making outdoor plans this weekend, expect sunny skies with much lower humidity levels.  

Continue to follow updates from the StormTrack 12 Weather Center to keep you and your family alerted to the potential dangers of this storm system.  

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