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FIRST ALERT: Fewer downpours, increasing heat

Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 4:00 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2021 at 3:26 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Rain chances will decrease through the rest of the week as heat builds back into the region.

After an active several days, more typical August weather returns through the weekend with high heat, humidity and just a few storms at times.

Hot and humid Thursday.
Hot and humid Thursday.(WMBF)

Tonight will be very warm and muggy with temperatures dropping into the middle to upper 70s. Just an isolated shower or storm will be possible.

Thursday will see rain chances dropping to just a 30% risk of a few afternoon and evening showers and storms. With more sunshine, temperatures will return to the upper 80s and lower 90s. High humidity will push the heat index to around 100 through the afternoon.

Friday will see a similar forecast with temperatures again near 90 with a heat index near 100. The risk of storms increases slightly to 40%.

Hot and humid through the weekend.
Hot and humid through the weekend.(WMBF)

The weekend will see plenty of heat and humidity with afternoon temperatures well into the upper 80s and lower 90s. Once again, the heat index will reach 100 to 103 at times. There will be a few afternoon and evening storms around with rain chances continuing at 30%.

Hurricane Henri will be passing well off shore through the weekend, but will be close enough to provide a risk of dangerous rip currents and rough surf starting on Friday and continuing through Sunday.

High risk of rip currents.
High risk of rip currents.(WMBF)

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