Scattered showers, thunderstorms fire up as Friday comes to a close

Eric Thomas Friday night forecast

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Thunderstorms moved into the WBTV viewing area Friday evening.

These storms brought heavy downpours, lightning and gusty winds.

Mecklenburg County, along with several local counties, was been issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.

Storms moved through Morganton and made its way to Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Rowan counties, and continued moving to the east.

A cold front triggered a couple of rounds of scattered showers and thunderstorms through the late evening.

Storm cells will generally track southeast across the WBTV viewing area, but a few slow-moving cells could create the potential for flash flooding across a couple of neighborhoods before the atmosphere settles down.

First Alert Weather

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Rowan County until 8:45 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties until 9 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Stanly County until 10 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Anson and Richmond counties until 10:15 p.m.

Expect the wet weather to gradually taper off overnight as low temperatures fall to the lower 70s across the Piedmont and upper 60s in the Mountains.

Meanwhile, tropical air reigns overhead driving feels-like temperatures towards the century mark this afternoon.

Saturday will feature plenty of sunshine with high temperatures closing in on the lower 90s during the late afternoon and early evening periods.

As the front clears the region, the humidity will back off a tad in comparison today.

Lower dewpoint temperatures in the 60s will also lead us to lower rain chances. An isolated storm or two isn’t totally out of the picture tomorrow, but slightly higher chances (20 to 30 percent) are reserved for Sunday and Monday afternoons.

We’ll kick off a new week with high temperatures slightly above average in low 90s.

The heat will intensify through midweek as highs climb into the mid-90s by Wednesday and into Thursday.

An uptick in humidity will cause the air to feel like it’s in the triple digits. Add to that, the absence of widespread downpours and late-day storms will make the heat streak all the more oppressive.

First Alert Meteorologist Jonathan Stacey

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