If you've been outside at all today, you already know it is both hot and humid! This afternoon heating with sunny skies and ample moisture should lead to scattered thunderstorm development by mid-afternoon. Some of these storms may become severe with damaging wind gusts in excess of 65 mph and hail larger than quarters. However, any of these afternoon and evening thunderstorms that develop will have heavy downpours and frequent lightning, so if you see an approaching thunderstorm and can hear the thunder, move indoors. It doesn't look like everyone will get these storms, but stay weather aware through this evening. Storms should develop first in the higher terrain to the west and in the Piedmont, then track southeast through the rest of the area.