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Forecast Last Updated at Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:59AM

Good Looking Days Ahead

Yesterday's front resides along the NC coast today with high pressure moving in from the north. The set up is for a rather nice stretch of weather until late Sunday. Some low clouds are still lingering around but will lift just after noon. For this afternoon, enough low level moisture is clinging on to leave in a "cannot rule out" mention of a passing late day shower. Heading into the weekend, a warming southwest wind kicks in Saturday bringing a return to more usual summer fare in the temperature department. A second front starts knocking on the door Sunday, you know the drill, scattered showers and thunderstorms enter the picture Sunday ending Monday as the front passes to start the work week.

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Friday

Hi: 82 Lo: 61

Low clouds after till after noon; Partly cloudy; Overall rather pleasant; Light SE wind
Saturday

Hi: 88 Lo: 66

Scattered clouds; Warmer; A shower or storm possible late Sat. night; Light SW wind
Sunday

Hi: 89 Lo: 67

Partly to mostly cloudy; Widely scattered showers and t-storms; West wind 5-15 mph
Monday

Hi: 83 Lo: 59

Mostly cloudy; Widely scattered daytime showers and t-storms
Tuesday

Hi: 76 Lo: 55

Lots of sunshine; Cooler

Further Out

Wednesday - Partly cloudy; Cooler than the calendar suggests; High in the mid 70s; Low in the mid 50s
Thursday - Mostly cloudy; Another step cooler; Scattered showers; High in the lower 70s; Low near 60 degrees

Forecast Discussion

It has been a week in the making, finally an atmospheric cleansing as yesterday's cool front has stalled far enough away (NC coast back to Louisiana) for us to dry out for a couple of days. The exception to the rule is this afternoon, most everyone stays dry, but enough low level moisture hangs on for isolated showers to develop along the Blue Ridge escarpment.

A warming southwest wind takes over Saturday and the stalled front rockets north as a warm front. The surge of warmer air is not overly impressive, but it makes for the warmest couple of days we've seen in almost two weeks.

Widely scattered showers and storms enter the picture Sunday with the combination of an approaching cold front and waves of energy moving southeast from the Ohio Valley. Stronger storms and heavier rain straddle the mountains just to our west and further north into the Virginia's. We're close enough to give a mention to a few rowdy storms with gusty wind Sunday night and early Monday.

Beyond Monday's frontal passage we receive another significant cool down for the third time this month. The middle of the week looks exceptionally nice...but there is payback. By Thursday we transition to a wedgy cool, damp, and gray period that continues into the weekend.

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