Hottest day of the year as Tropics brew


Thursday is predicted to be the hottest day of 2017, so far. The heat coupled with some action brewing in the tropics makes for a busy day in the StormTrack 12 Weather Center.

Beware, today it's not just the heat, it's the humidity. With plenty of sunshine and dew points in the mid 70s it will feel like 100-105 degrees this afternoon. Actual temperatures will top out in the mid 90s. In New Bern alone, the highest temperature recorded so far this year was 93 degrees on Wednesday.

There could be an isolated shower or storm today through the area but better coverage of storms will be later tomorrow afternoon as a disturbance moves in from the Tennessee Valley. We will yet again see temperatures surge into the mid 90s tomorrow ahead of this system.

Some storms tomorrow evening could be on the strong side with heavy downpours and lots of lightning.

A low rip current threat was forecasted for Thursday at all North Carolina beaches.

Tropical Depression 4 formed late last night in the central Atlantic Ocean. This system will continue to track off to the west and be north of the islands by early next week. If it can survive the hostile environment in the Atlantic it could make a run towards our coast by the middle of next week.

We will continue to track this system and alert you to the potential of severe weather danger. Follow Tropical Depression 4 on our StormTrack 12 mobile app and social media sites.

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