Relief from the heat

The National Weather Service was issuing severe thunderstorm possibilities on Friday, May 31, 2019.

You might hear your air conditioner breathe a sign of relief today, as the forecast high will be about 10 degrees lower than it has been for much of the week.

And more seasonal weather is on the way.

But it will come with a price, forecasters at the National Weather Service say, in the form of some potentially severe weather this evening.

All of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina are in an "elevated" risk of thunderstorms starting this afternoon, the service said in its Friday morning briefing. Storms could produce damaging winds, large hail and frequent lightning. About a half inch of much-needed rain is forecast.

Temperatures today should be in the mid 80s, rising slightly through the weekend before another cold front pushes through Sunday night.

Highs were been in the low to mid 90s on four of the past five days, helping to put this month on top of the list of highest May monthly average high temperatures. The record was 73.6 degrees set last year. Heading into today, the monthly average has been 73.7.

Lee Tolliver, 757-222-5844, lee.tolliver@pilotonline.com

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