CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Scorching Heat
* Tropical Humidity
* Strong Storms Saturday
As our blistering heat and humidity rolls along, the buildup over the past two weeks has continued to make our afternoons unstable and ripe for thunderstorm development.
On Saturday we will add to the mix a weak frontal boundary that will arrive during the afternoon hours. This will likely serve as an additional trigger for thunderstorms and create an elevated chance of severe thunderstorms. With the above in mind, we've declared a FIRST ALERT DAY for Saturday, providing you a "heads up" about the severe weather risk and how it might disrupt your outdoor plans.
Remember, the definition of a severe thunderstorm is a storm producing wind gusts in excess of 59mph or quarter-size hail. Either one of those two byproducts can produce property damage. Lightning and/or torrential rain are not by definition severe weather but they can certainly pose more danger and cause additional problems.
If you have outdoor plans, pay close attention to the weather on Saturday and keep the WBTV Weather App handy for the latest Live Doppler Radar maps as well as alerts for nearby lightning strikes. Download it here, or by heading to your app store and search for 'WBTV'. It's free!
- Meteorologist Al Conklin