The heat will remain today as the temperature readings will be in the 90s once again most locations east of the mountains. Highs in the hills will be in the middle to upper 80s, so the heat remains in place. The new element to the forecast today will be the possibility of some isolated strong to severe storms along the east face of the Appalachian Range as well as the Blue Ridge. A southeast flow will grab some moisture from the western Atlantic and the east face of the mountains will do a good job of squeezing out some storms.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed a good portion of the region in the Marginal Risk for severe storms today so keep an eye to the sky. The storms will pop up quickly and may generate some gusty winds along with some brief periods of heavy rain. Minor flooding is also in the cards today, so if you live in an area that usually floods quickly, stay alert.
Once the sun sets the storms will still have enough energy to continue. More than likely, it will be closer to midnight when the storms start to settle down. Pockets of fog are also possible Thursday morning, especially where the rain has fallen.
Thursday may still see some showers and storms return and may be a bit more widespread. As the week comes to a close and we enter the weekend, there should be only low chances of storms but the heat remains on. Next chance for cooling rain will be early next week when a cold front is slated to arrive. Until then stay hydrated and out of the sun as much as possible.
As for the tropics, there is some activity that the NHC is monitoring in the Atlantic. Three area of concern at the moment, all of which may develop into a tropical cyclone with the area of the southern Caribbean having the best chance to possibly make landfall after it develops.
Stay safe, cool and hydrated.