FIRST ALERT: Heat, humidity and a few strong storms late Friday
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - The early summer weather pattern will continue into the start of the weekend before changes arrive on Sunday.
Skies will remain clear tonight with temperatures remaining very mild - in the middle to upper 60s.
Friday is shaping up to be the warmest day this week and in many cases, the warmest day this year as temperatures climb into the lower and middle 80s at the beach and to near 90 for most inland areas. It will be humid once again through the day.
By the late afternoon and through the evening, a line of thunderstorms will gradually move through the area. With plenty of heat and humidity in place and some energy in the upper atmosphere, a few of the storms could be strong to severe especially inland. Areas of the Pee Dee are currently under a LEVEL 2 severe weather threat Friday evening. A few of the storms could produce gusty winds and hail. The storms will tend to weaken as they move toward the Grand Strand by the late evening and the severe weather risk lower at a LEVEL 1.
Saturday will be another very warm day with temperatures returning to the 80s. Lingering humidity will help to spark off a 30% chance of a few showers and storms through the afternoon and evening, but the day will not be a washout.
Much cooler and drier air will start to filter into the area Saturday evening and Saturday night.
Mother’s Day will feature much cooler temperatures, much lower humidity and a gusty breeze. With a mix of sun and clouds, temperatures on Sunday will only reach the lower 70s. Winds will be gusty out of the north at 20 to 25 mph at times.
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