Daily Forecast for Tuesday: Who Left the Oven on?
If I didn’t know any better, I would say someone left a gigantic oven on in the atmosphere. Like Monday, The Daily Forecast for Tuesday features a large swath of heat advisories across North Carolina. For the record, every state/region has different rules for when to issue a heat advisory. I guess South Carolinians are just a bit tougher than us in the North when it comes to heat.
Meteorologist Mike Griffith put together a great article on the current heat wave.
Once again, temperatures will be in the mid to upper 90s across North and South Carolina. North Carolina saw fairly widespread thundershowers pop-up on Monday, and more is expected Tuesday. With all this heating at the surface, convective thunderstorm development needs only the slightest nudge to get going. Most of the storms on Monday were very slow moving, and Tuesday looks similar. So, if you get a large thunderstorm overhead, you may be in for a drenching.
These storms have features frequent cloud to ground lightning, some at impressive and dangerous rates. Be sure to take safety precautions whenever being out-of-doors in a location where lightning is possible. You can check out some tips from the NWS on lightning safety at their website.