FIRST ALERT: Strong storms at times through this evening

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Heat, humidity and an approaching cold front will lead to scattered strong storms at times this afternoon and evening.

Temperatures will hold in the mid to low 90s with a heat index near 100 through the rest of the day. By late in the day, a weak cold front will start to move through North Carolina.  Ahead of this front, scattered showers and storms will develop in the mid afternoon and linger into evening.  The storms will initially develop along and north of I-95 and slowly drift south through the late afternoon and evening.

Some of the storms will be strong at times with locally heavy rain and frequent lightning. An isolated strong or severe storm will be possible in a few locations.  These stronger storms will have the potential to produce wind gusts of 40 to 60 mph.

By Friday, the weak cold front will slowly drop through the Grand Strand and Pee Dee.  With lingering heat and humidity in place, more pop up showers and storms are likely.

The cold front will drop south of the region by late Friday and allow slightly lower humidity to filter in.  This will make for a slightly cooler and less humid weekend along with a rain-free forecast.  Temperatures both Saturday and Sunday will reach the upper 80s to lower 90s.

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