Extreme heat and afternoon and evening thunderstorms are in today’s forecast from the National Weather Service.
The NWS has issueda special weather statement for an excessive heat index through this evening. It will be hot and humid with highs in the mid-90′s and a dew point around 70 this afternoon, bringing the heat index to 102 and making this one of the hottest days so far this summer. This short spell of heat will end as a weak cold front moves through the midstate this evening. Temperatures will be below average for much of the coming work week.
The cold front will bring with it a chance for severe storms late this afternoon until midnight. The northeast portions of the state are at greatest risk.