A drier end to the week ahead of Saturday’s backdoor front
Temperatures warm to the 80s by the weekend
- Minimal shower chances through Friday
- Warmer temperatures return for the end of the week
- Few showers/storms possible later Saturday
REST OF TODAY
The low pressure continues to hover near the North Carolina coast, but it is losing it’s grip on our region meaning we are seeing drier air and decreasing clouds. Areas towards the east are seeing sunshine working in while areas west of the parkway are still holding onto some clouds, but we are remaining rain-free.
Tonight we should stay dry with a few clouds building in. Overnight lows will be in the 50s.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY
Weak high pressure will continue to build in for the rest of the week, keeping most of us dry for Thursday and Friday. Highs Thursday will be in the 70s for most with a few low 80s. Keep in mind, even with clouds funneling back in from time-to-time, the UV index will still be high! Typical burn time will be around 15-25 minutes.
Friday will feature highs in the 80s with mostly sunny skies. Overnight lows both of these nights will be in the 50s and low 60s.
Low-end rain chances return for late Saturday and early Sunday thanks to another cold front moving in from north to south.
Saturday begins sunny which helps warm us into the low/mid 80s. By the afternoon, clouds enter followed by a few showers and storms late in the afternoon and evening.
COVERAGE: Isolated to scattered showers and storms
TIMING: Late afternoon and evening and into early Sunday morning. Check back for more specific times!
SEVERE RISK: A few storms are possible but any severe storm would be isolated
The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1st and typical tropical development happens in the Gulf and near the Atlantic coast for the month of June.
The National Hurricane Center is watching an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico. This has a 20% chance of development in the next 7 days. At this time a few long term models bring some rain from this system early next week, but there is still a lot of uncertainty thanks to this system being so disorganized right now.
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