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Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 12:48PM

Dry Weather Continues Today

We had another cool start to the day across western NC, but like yesterday we will see a decent warm-up through the afternoon hours. Temps today will be close to normal for late August. Lows tonight will be on the cool side again, but temps will take another step up by Thursday afternoon. Humidity will begin to creep up tomorrow as well along with a few pop-up afternoon/early evening showers and storms. A few storms can’t be ruled out again on Friday, but mainly confined to the mountains. The upcoming Labor Day weekend starts out mostly dry on Saturday, but more clouds and storms come into play Sunday and Monday.

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Wednesday

Hi: 84 Lo: 57

Mostly sunny & seasonable; NW wind 5-15 mph
Thursday

Hi: 87 Lo: 61

Partly cloudy; Can't rule out an afternoon or early evening shower or t-shower; Light NW wind becoming south late
Friday

Hi: 87 Lo: 61

Plenty of sunshine, but can't rule out a stray daytime t-storm; Light south wind
Saturday

Hi: 87 Lo: 65

Scattered clouds; Can't rule out a late-day shower or t-storm
Sunday

Hi: 84 Lo: 65

Mostly cloudy; Scattered showers and t-storms

Further Out

Monday - Partly sunny with widely scattered showers and t-storms for Labor Day; High in the mid 80s; Low in the lower 60s
Tuesday - Partly to mostly cloudy with widely scattered showers and t-storms; High in the mid 80s; Low in the lower 60s

Forecast Discussion

On the weather map, a frontal boundary stretches from NY to Kansas, high pressure is sitting over North Carolina and Virginia, and Hurricane Cristobal is spinning between the US and Bermuda.

High pressure will hang in there for one more day keeping the weather quiet across western NC today. With the high overhead tonight, we will see slightly below normal overnight lows once again, although we don’t expect it to be quite as cool as the last couple of mornings.

The front mentioned above slides south through Virginia on Thursday and briefly stalls over North Carolina Thursday night before lifting back to the north on Friday. As the front approaches on Thursday, a few afternoon and early evening showers and storms can’t be ruled out. A few storms will remain a threat on Friday, but mainly in the mountains (ie. the Foothills look to stay mostly dry). Overall, though, not a lot of rain is expected through Friday.

Now comes the all-important Labor Day weekend forecast. We start out the weekend (SAT) on a warm, but mostly dry note. A very isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out late in the day across SW NC, but it’s hardly worth the mention. Sunday and Monday are looking more iffy. A decently strong upper level disturbance is forecast to move NE out of the Gulf of Mexico and up west of the Appalachians Sunday and Monday with more clouds and a better chance of showers and storms. At the moment, the highest coverage of storms is expected on Sunday. There are some uncertainties with the evolution of this disturbance, though, so stay tuned…

Beyond Labor Day, it looks like we will transition back to a typical late-summer pattern with seasonably warm temperatures and widely scattered afternoon thunderstorms.

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