First Alert Weather Day due to risk for severe storms, dangerous heat

High heat and a risk for severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.
Morning Update: First Alert Weather Day continues Wednesday
Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 2:58 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 4:36 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Wednesday is a First Alert Weather Day because of a risk for strong to severe thunderstorms the afternoon and for high heat and humidity that will be in place.

The day will start with a mixture of clouds and sunshine with thunderstorm chances holding off until the afternoon. Temperatures will rise quickly into the low to mid 90s early this afternoon. A line of thunderstorms is expected to develop along an advancing cold front and this should move in early to mid afternoon. This will bring us the chance at seeing severe weather. The Storm Prediction Center has most of Mid-Michigan under a slight risk for severe (2 on a scale out of 5). Damaging winds and hail are the main threats but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Another concern for will be from heavy rain. These storms could drop extremely heavy rainfall and there could be some minor flooding concerns. The greatest opportunity for severe weather will be from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue overnight and into Thursday as well but our severe weather chances will drop off by sunset Wednesday.

In addition to the risk for severe storms, Wednesday will be a very hot and humid day. This will be dependent on thunderstorm formation as when the rain comes down, it will cool down so there will be rapid changes in temperature. A Heat Advisory will be in effect from 1 to 6 p.m. as air temperatures could climb into the mid 90s and with the high humidity, heat index values could be over 100 degrees. The greatest heat will be from Lansing on south where storms will move through a little later. Make sure you try to stay cool and hydrated throughout the day.

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