Severe weather is possible for the Outer Banks on Tuesday afternoon and evening, while excessive heat will continue to impact coastal North Carolina on Tuesday, per an update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office.
The hot and humid air mass that has moved in on Monday will be peaking today. The combination of heat and humidity will produce heat index values up to 100 degrees or so for a good part of the Outer Banks.
In addition, a very unstable atmosphere is still possible today, though there are questions on how much cloud cover is over the region from decaying thunderstorm activity to the west and north. Should the clouds thin resulting in more sunshine, instability will be higher, and there will be a larger threat for severe storms. If clouds remain and keep the region more stabilized, the storm threat would be diminished.
Should severe weather develop, damaging wind gusts would be the main hazard, though large hail and some localized flooding are possible as well, along with frequent lightning strikes.
For more information on the local forecast, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.