Forecast Last Updated at Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 7:56PM
Happy Independence Day
The Fourth of July will have a lot of cloudiness, but it won’t be a washout. Expect good coverage of showers and thundershowers. Fireworks shows around the area tonight look to be in pretty good shape, as we expect most of the activity to die down just after dark. Additional showers are likely to move in after midnight, however. Sunday actually looks more unsettled than today, with a little bit better coverage of showers and thundershowers. Temperatures both days will be held in check by clouds and showers, running several degrees below normal for highs.
If you are headed to Pack Square to enjoy the festivities and fireworks for Independence Day be sure to check out our 4th of July Hourly Forecast.
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Hi: 76 Lo: 65
Mostly cloudy tonight with scattered showers; Light wind
Hi: 77 Lo: 64
Lots of clouds; Showers & thundershowers likely; Light south wind
Hi: 80 Lo: 64
Mix of clouds & sun; Scattered showers & thundershowers; Light NW wind
Hi: 84 Lo: 65
More sunshine & noticeably warmer; Widely-separated PM t-showers
Hi: 85 Lo: 66
Partly sunny, warm & humid; PM thunder scattered about
Thursday - Partly sunny; Scattered PM thunder; Warm & humid; High in the mid 80s; Low in the mid 60s
Friday - Partly sunny; Warm & humid; Hit-or-miss PM thunder; High in the mid 80s; Low in the mid 60s
A semi-stationary front continues to lie west-to-east across Kentucky and the Virginias and won’t move much over the next couple of days. Meanwhile, an upper level low will take shape over the Tennessee Valley on Sunday and finally move northeast away from our area by early Tuesday.
The proximity of these features will keep us in mostly cloudy weather through the holiday weekend. We expect scattered showers and thundershowers today, with enhanced coverage on Sunday as the aforementioned upper level low nears the mountains. Decent coverage continues early next week until the atmosphere dries out a bit by Tuesday.
With all the recent cloud cover, temperatures have been running above normal at night (clouds serve as an insulator to keep temps from falling off), and below normal during the daytime. This will continue through the weekend, with highs considerably below normal due to the lack of sunshine. Things gradually return back to normal by Tuesday as we get more sunshine by then.
Another weak cold front will approach from the northwest by late next week, although it may not actually cross into the central and southern NC mountains. It might serve to give us a little bit better chance for thundershowers by Thursday and Friday.
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