MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Our area was just added to a level one risk for severe weather this afternoon and into the evening hours. While the severe weather threat is still low, strong storms will be possible just in time for the evening commute.
Afternoon highs will reach the upper 80s to lower 90s with plenty of heat and humidity to go around. Heat index values will climb into the upper 90s to possibly even the triple digits for those locations along the beaches.
The best timing for storms to arrive today will be from 2 PM to 9 PM today. Those storms will bring the potential for heavy rain, thunder and lightning and some gusty winds across the region. The bulk of the storms don’t look to arrive in the Pee Dee until 5 PM but an isolated storm or two cannot be ruled out before then.
Expect the storms to weaken as we lose that daytime heating this evening and head into the overnight hours. Any shower and storm activity should be out of here by 10 PM.
Our rain chances will remain scattered on Wednesday as the upper-level disturbance swings through our area. The SPC has highlighted our area under a marginal risk for a strong storm or two Wednesday afternoon.
Those storms will once again bring the potential for heavy rain, gusty winds and thunder and lightning. Highs will reach the mid-upper 80s along the beaches and the lower 90s inland on Wednesday.
The upper levels of the atmosphere will dry out for a bit for the end of the week. We will hold onto a stray shower chance on Thursday morning. Outside of that, look for a rain-free forecast from Thursday afternoon through Sunday. While we’re drier higher up, we’re still humid near the surface. Heat index values will climb back into the upper 90s and triple digits by the weekend.