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Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 5:50AM

Unsettled With A Cooling Trend

Expect a good deal of sunshine today with scattered to numerous afternoon showers and thunderstorms. The warmth continues, although it’s just about ready to break as we get a noticeable cooling trend heading into the upcoming weekend. Coincident with the lowering of the temperatures will be unsettled weather with cloudier, showery weather for the Saturday-Sunday period.

Thursday

Hi: 87 Lo: 68

Patchy fog early; Sunshine giving way to more afternoon clouds; PM showers & thunderstorms a good bet; Light NW wind
Friday

Hi: 83 Lo: 66

More clouds than sun; Showers & thunderstorms, mostly PM; Light & variable wind
Saturday

Hi: 78 Lo: 65

Lots of clouds; A few showers; Maybe a thundershower; Cooler; Light east wind
Sunday

Hi: 76 Lo: 63

Mostly cloudy; Showers possible
Monday

Hi: 77 Lo: 63

Mix of clouds & sun; Can't rule out a shower

Further Out

Tuesday - Mostly cloudy; Scattered showers & thundershowers; High near 80 degrees; Low in the mid 60s
Wednesday - Partly sunny with scattered PM showers & thunderstorms; Warmer; High in the lower 80s; Low in the mid 60s

Forecast Discussion

A cold front is draped across the Ohio Valley today and will be inching in our direction. It will push southward into North Carolina on Friday, then south of the state over the weekend.

The heat will persist today ahead of the cold front. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will erupt during the afternoon with the instability present well ahead of the front. The coverage of rainfall goes up even more on Friday with the frontal proximity.

Behind the front, high pressure will wedge down the eastern slopes of the mountains in a cold air damming configuration. That will send temperatures tumbling back closer to normal, and even below-normal for the daytime. Showery weather will persist into Saturday as warmer air overruns the cooler air near the surface. Sunday looks like the drier of the two weekend days.

These cooler wedge effects will gradually erode as we get into next week.

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