The heat is still on for our area, but some strong storms are possible over the next couple of days, and it looks like less-sticky weather happening by the end of the week.

According to the National Weather Service, the risk for strong storms starts today Wednesday (July 22) and will continue through the day Thursday and into Thursday night.

As temperatures climb to near 90 degrees again, there is a slight chance of strong storms popping up over the local area. These storms could produce heavy downpours, large hail, gusty winds, even an isolated tornado is possible.

These storms could hamper poor drainage areas, and the gusty winds could cause tree damage and even downed power lines. An isolated flash flood could also occur. Look for these storms primarily during the afternoon hours:

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After the storms pass, we should get into some more comfortable weather starting on Friday. Temperatures will still be in the mid 80s, but the humidity levels will be much lower, making things a little more bearable. That should continue for the weekend, but by Sunday, the humidity will start to roll back in as a high pressure system with a warm southern air flow takes over.

Stats compiled by the Northeast Regional Climate Center reveal that temperatures for this July have been averaging between two and four degrees above normal.

Here's the extended forecast for the area:

  • Wednesday, a 30% chance of a passing thunderstorm highs in the upper 80's to near 90.
  • Some strong storms are possible Wednesday night. Some of the storms may produce gusty winds, and heavy rain.
  • On Thursday and Thursday night, we'll see much of the same, only with a better chance of thundershowers. Temperatures will still be on the uncomfortable side, with highs near 90 again.
  • Friday, look for sun, and it will be a lot less humid, with highs getting close to 85.
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