Good Morning Everyone,
Our office is currently monitoring several significant weather impacts that have been forecasted for our area through Tuesday.
High heat and humidity will bring excessive heat index valves of around 105 today, and 110 on Tuesday. These high temperatures will occur early each morning, with heat index values greater than 95 expected by 10am each day, and remaining at or above that mark through sunset. We encourage everyone to take the appropriate precautions to protect yourselves and any outside animals from heat exposure / exhaustion.
The excessive heat and humidity is also expected to create a very unstable atmosphere, resulting an increasing risk of severe storms capable of producing high winds, heavy rain, large hail and frequent lightening. While these storms are possible during the afternoon hours both days, the greatest chance is forecasted to occur between 3p and 6pm Tuesday.
Please see the email below and attached briefings from the National Weather Service for more details. We encourage everyone to continue to monitor local media outlets for updates, as well as any watches and / or warnings that may be issued. We will also continue to pass along information as we receive it.
As always, thank you all for what you do to keep Beaufort County informed, prepared and safe.
Beaufort County Emergency Services
1420 Highland Dr
Washington, NC 27889
Cell: (252) 378-5352
Several significant weather impacts are expected across Eastern NC through Tuesday.
1) An increasingly hot and humid air mass will overspread the region starting today, and peaking on Tuesday. The combination of heat and humidity will produce heat index values around 105 degrees today. The heatwave culminates on Tuesday, with record high temperatures around 100 combining with the very humid air mass to produce excessive heat, with heat indices 110 degrees or higher for much of the area. A Heat Advisory has been issued for today, with an Excessive Heat Watch for Tuesday.
2) An extremely unstable atmosphere will accompany the dangerous heat and humidity tomorrow (Tuesday), and there is a threat for a significant damaging severe thunderstorm outbreak to occur sometime in the afternoon to early evening hours. At this time, the storm prediction center has upgraded the region to a 'slight risk' for severe storms, but if confidence increases that this outbreak will indeed occur, later upgrades may be necessary. Strong damaging winds of 60 to 80 mph, large hail, very heavy downpours with localized flooding, along with very frequent lightning, may all occur if storms develop Tuesday.
More formalized briefings will be issued if confidence increases on this potential significant severe thunderstorm threat.
As always, if you have any questions please give us a call 252-223-5737 ext. 6.
NWS Morehead City
NOAA - National Weather Service
Newport/Morehead City, NC Weather Forecast Office
533 Roberts Rd
Newport, NC 28570