FIRST ALERT: Stormy at times on Saturday

Increasing storm chances this afternoon
Storm chances arrive along the Grand Strand this afternoon and evening (WMBF)
Storm chances arrive along the Grand Strand this afternoon and evening (WMBF)
Still dry skies likely through lunchtime
Still dry skies likely through lunchtime
Chance of storms set up along the sea breeze by the afternoon
Chance of storms set up along the sea breeze by the afternoon

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A cold front dropping in from the north today will bring fairly widespread showers and storms on Saturday followed by a brief drop in humidity by early next week.

As the front encounters the high humidity in place today,  showers and storms are likely to develop at times along the Grand Strand, with more isolated storms in the Pee Dee. While the risk of severe weather is low, some locally heavy rain and frequent lightning will be possible and an isolated severe storm cannot be ruled out for areas near the beaches. Clouds and occasional storms will help to keep temperatures in the lower and middle 80s.

The front will slowly push through the region and just to our south by Sunday allowing slightly cooler and less humid weather to start to filter in.  Sunday will see temperatures dropping into the lower and middle 80s.  Skies will remain mostly cloudy through the day with just a stray shower possible mainly early in the day.

By early next week, much drier air will firmly take hold across the region - something fairly rare for July.  Humidity levels will drop considerably with Monday and Tuesday temperatures in the 80s at the beach and near 90 inland. The lack of humidity will result in mostly sunny skies and a rain-free forecast.

We'll continue to watch for the possible development of a tropical depression or weak tropical storm well off shore this weekend.  The system is forecast to remain well off shore with no direct impacts expected in the Carolinas.

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