The classic summer pattern will spell seasonable temperatures and a chance of scattered mostly afternoon thunderstorms. Thunderstorm chances may drop a bit on Tuesday and Wednesday. Later in the week a cool front will stall near the area. This front will keep the chance of scattered storms around and prevent any excessive heat from moving in.
MONDAY FORECAST DETAILS: Monday morning will start off partly sunny and humid. By afternoon scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop. Some storms will contain localized heavy downpours and lots of cloud to ground lightning strikes. The afternoon won't be a complete washout but your outdoor plans could be interrupted. Highs will be in the upper 80's with winds out of the west at 5-10 mph. Rain chances will be around 40%.
REST OF THE WORK WEEK: Tuesday and Wednesday will be slightly hotter and sunnier with afternoon thunderstorm chances falling into the 30% range. Highs will be near 90. By Thursday a cool front will approach the Carolinas. Thunderstorm chances will return to the 40% range with a high near 90. Friday will be mostly to partly sunny with isolated PM t-storms. Highs will be in the upper 80's.
TROPICS: New tropical storm development is not expected in the Atlantic Basin - including the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico - through mid week.
A COOL SUMMER SO FAR: So far through July 21, ILM has seen only 7 days with a high of 90 degrees or higher in 2013. That compares to 25 in 2012 and 30 in 2011. We have not seen a day over a hundred in 2013. In 2012 we saw 4 days with highs of 100 or higher and we also saw 4 in 2011 through July 21.
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