Forecast Last Updated at Friday, August 28, 2015 at 6:34PM
A Nice Night
We conclude the workweek on a pleasant note this evening and tonight. The atmosphere will be moistening, however, and shower chances return for the weekend. Right now, it looks like Sunday will have the best chance for showers and thundershowers. Even so, weekend weather looks pretty good with more seasonably pleasant temperatures to enjoy.
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Hi: 81 Lo: 60
Partly cloudy; Light SE wind
Hi: 82 Lo: 63
Plenty of sunshine; Slightest chance for a late-day shower; Light south wind
Hi: 82 Lo: 62
More clouds; Scattered PM showers & thundershowers; Light SW wind
Hi: 83 Lo: 64
Partly sunny; Risk for a PM shower or t-shower
Hi: 84 Lo: 64
Partly cloudy; Maybe a PM shower or t-shower
Wednesday - Mixed skies; Maybe a PM shower or t-shower; Watching Erika; High in the mid 80s; Low in the mid 60s
Thursday - Partly cloudy; Perhaps a PM shower or t-shower; Watching Erika; High in the mid 80s; Low in the mid 60s
On the weather map, high pressure over the Mid-Atlantic will continue to direct an easterly flow of wind into western North Carolina. That will keep temperatures pretty seasonable, and also will keep some clouds around as the lower levels of the atmosphere moisten-up.
Over the weekend, an upper level trough of low-pressure will be developing over the lower Mississippi Valley region. This will send some pockets of upper level energy in our direction, and as the moisture levels continue to increase, so does our chances for showers and thundershowers. Of the two weekend days, Sunday looks like the better coverage day for rainfall.
The forecast for later next week will hinge in large part on the future of Tropical Storm Erika. Erika is disorganized and must contend with the complex terrain of Hispaniola before heading toward the Bahamas/Florida area by Sunday/Monday. Where it goes from there still remains to be seen, although it’s plausible that it could affect our weather (either directly or indirectly). For now, we’ll keep a fairly nice forecast going next week, with only small daily shower and thundershower chances until we get a firmer handle on Erika’s future path and intensity (and survival).
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