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Wilkes Airport , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 6:06AM

Hot & Mostly Dry For Awhile

Today through Saturday will be our hottest weather of the season-to-date. Expect mostly clear skies through the period with slowly-increasing humidity levels. Pop-up heat-of-the-day thundershowers are not out of the question, but the chance for rain is really too small to mention until we get to the weekend. By Sunday afternoon, we’ll have better coverage of scattered rainfall as the mini-heatwave is broken.


Hi: 93 Lo: 69

Abundant sunshine; Hot; Light NW wind

Hi: 95 Lo: 71

Mostly sunny; Hot & humid; Light SW wind

Hi: 94 Lo: 71

Mostly sunny; Hot & humid; Light SW wind

Hi: 91 Lo: 69

More sunshine than clouds; Hit-or-miss PM shower or thunderstorm; Continued hot & humid

Hi: 89 Lo: 68

Partly sunny; Scattered PM showers & thunderstorms; Still rather hot & humid

Further Out

Tuesday - Partly sunny; Scattered PM showers & thunderstorms; High in the mid 80s; Low in the upper 60s
Wednesday - Partly sunny; Widely-separated PM showers & thunderstorms; High in the mid 80s; Low in the mid 60s

Forecast Discussion

The heat is here through Saturday. We anticipate plenty of sunshine as humidity levels edge back up slowly. A hot dome of high pressure over the nation’s midsection today will peak on Friday before slowly weakening.

As the ridge continues to erode over the weekend, our chance for some pop-up PM thundershowers will go up. By Sunday afternoon, our short-lived heatwave will be broken by decent afternoon shower and thunderstorm coverage.

Early next week, we’ll be watching the progress of a cold front that will entering our region. Present indications suggest the front will come through on Tuesday, putting us in a slightly drier air for mass for the middle of next week. Of course, the Southeast is the 'frontal graveyard' this time of year, so how far south and east the front actually gets remains up for debate.


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