Nationwide, the big weather story today is the likelihood for severe storms in the western Great Lakes region this afternoon and evening. The Storm Prediction Center (www.spc.noaa.gov) has issued a "high risk" for severe weather in that part of the country today.
A "high risk" for severe storm is not issued often, and when it is we typically see it across the Plains in tornado alley. It is rare to see a high risk in Wisconsin, but thunderstorms producing damaging winds are likely in there this afternoon with a few tornadoes also a possibility. You can read more about the severe weather threat by visiting www.spc.noaa.gov.
Here in North Carolina, there's no threat for severe storms -- just high heat. If you're spending some time outdoors today, don't forget those simple summer safety rules. Dress for the hot weather and drink plenty of water. Our hot weather with highs in the 90s should continue through the first of the weekend. A cold front is expected to move through the state Saturday. That should drop our highs back to the 80s for Sunday and the first of next week.
Stay tuned to Weather on the Ones on News 14 Carolina for updates on the heat.