FIRST ALERT: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been Issued for parts of the Midlands

Published: Jul. 23, 2019 at 4:28 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Get ready for a round of strong and severe thunderstorms to roll through the Midlands this afternoon into the late evening. We’re also keeping an eye on the tropics as a system developed yesterday but will stay away from the Midlands.

A Severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Kershaw and Lee Counties until 10pm. for the possibility of severe storms in the northeastern part of the Midlands.

First Alert Weather Headlines:

· Alert Days are posted for Tuesday as a rare July cold front moves through the Midlands. Heavy rain, gusty winds, lightning and localized flooding are all possible this afternoon and evening

· We will dry out during the night tonight and expect some beautiful and more comfortable weather Wednesday afternoon through Friday

· Temperatures will be in the 80s for the rest of the workweek!

· Seasonable temps and humidity return as we go into the weekend and into next week ( 93 is average high)

· Tropical Depression Three has weakened to the Remnants of Three. The storm does not pose a threat to the Midlands but we’ll continue to keep a close eye on it

First Alert Weather Story:

No weather issues for this morning with temps in the 70s. We’ll warm up through the day today in the mid to upper 80s with a ton of humidity.

Today is a First Alert Day for the likelihood of strong to severe storms this afternoon and evening as a rare July cold front will move though the area giving way to periods of heavy rain and a line of strong and severe storms. The main impacts are; Heavy rain, gusty winds, lightning and localized flooding. Most of the rain is out by midnight tonight and we’ll dry out during the overnight hours tonight into Wednesday morning. In fact, Wednesday afternoon features clearing skies and lowering humidity with highs in the mid 80s.

So beautiful weather is expected Thursday and Friday as well with comfortable conditions and highs in the mid to upper 80s with sun and clouds. More humidity and a risk for afternoon storms returns as we go into the weekend. We’re back in the low 90s this weekend and into next week.

We’re also keeping an eye on the Tropics. Tropical Depression Three formed yesterday but has quickly weaken to the Remnants of Three earlier this AM. This will bring no threat to the Midlands. In fact, the cold front that’s moving through the area today will help to push this system away from the coast this week.

Alert Day Tuesday: Highs in the 80s this afternoon and very humid. A round of strong and severe thunderstorms likely this afternoon and evening (80%)

Tonight: Heavy rain and storms moving out (30%). Dry for the AM commute on Wednesday. Lows in the 70s

Wednesday: Gradual clearing with lowering humidity. Highs in the mid 80s.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid to upper 80s with low humidity.

Friday: Sun and clouds with highs in the upper 80s. (20%) chance for an isolated shower.

Saturday: A little more heat and humidity. Highs around 90. (20%) Chance for an isolated shower.

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