Showers and heavy thunderstorms pushed through parts of the area during the afternoon and evening hours on Wednesday bringing drenching downpours, gusty winds, and some hail.

Partly cloudy skies will be featured overnight along with humid conditions and lows in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

With a cold front approaching from the west, the shower and thunderstorm activity will continue to affect the area overnight and on Thursday.

Any thunderstorms through Thursday may contain torrential rain leading to some localized flooding concerns in parts of the region.

Otherwise, look for clouds and some sunshine on Thursday with very warm and humid conditions.

High temperatures will reach mid 80s on Thursday afternoon before dropping back to the upper 70s and lower 80s on Friday.

Tropical Storm Arthur became a named storm on Tuesday and is expected to continue strengthening over the next several days as it progresses to the northeast.

This storm will affect the Outer Banks of North Carolina Thursday and Friday and bringing strong rip currents and rough surf to parts of the east coast on Friday and Saturday.

However, with Arthur expected to turn to the east and head out to sea late in the work week, the rain and wind impact felt across the majority of the viewing area should be minimal.