Chance of showers tonight, with potential for severe weather tomorrow

FILE PHOTO It's a good day to have a umbrella if you're out and about. Here is a person walking on N. Dixie Dr. Thursday April 29, 2021.
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FILE PHOTO It's a good day to have a umbrella if you're out and about. Here is a person walking on N. Dixie Dr. Thursday April 29, 2021.

Credit: Marshall Gorby

Credit: Marshall Gorby

Heat index values could reach 100 this week.

Hot and muggy weather is arriving this week, with the potential for severe weather multiple days this week and heat index values near 100 degrees.

There is the potential for a few damaging wind gusts into the early evening hours. Overnight, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms, before 4 a.m., under mostly cloudy skies with an overnight low around 73 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

The combination of heat and humidity expected for Tuesday will create heat index values between 95 and 100 degrees at times Tuesday afternoon into the early evening. The high temperature is expected to reach near 90 degrees under partly sunny skies.

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Although scattered showers and storms will be possible at times Tuesday afternoon and evening, the greatest severe threat may evolve late into the overnight into early Wednesday morning, the weather service said.

“The primary threat will be damaging winds,” the NWS said, with gusts around 60 mph possible.

The NWS warns that straight line winds can affect large areas and knock over semitrucks, trees and powerlines, and can cause damage to buildings. People should stay indoors and away from windows.

It will be hotter Wednesday with a high near 92 degrees and more showers and storms expected, the NWS said.

There is a chance of more showers and thunderstorms Wednesday night. The overnight low will be around 74 degrees.

The hot and wet weather continues into Thursday, which will be even hotter with a high temperature near 94 degrees expected, according to the NWS.

There is a chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 2 p.m. Showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 p.m. Thursday evening showers are likely mainly before 9 p.m. under partly cloudy skies with an overnight low around 72 degrees.

Rain chances continue through Friday, which will be cooler with a high near 89 degrees. There is a chance of showers before 9 a.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9 a.m. and noon, followed by showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon..

The weekend is expected to remain dry with highs in the mid-80s.