A Short Reprieve this Weekend
Good afternoon folks! Forecast is still on track for the weekend and early next week as we expect a reduction in shower activity beginning Saturday that will linger into Monday, with temps climbing a few degrees above normal by Sunday. The westerly flow and upper level ridge that is providing us with a reprieve from the constant and daily shower activity will break down slightly on Tuesday as a front nears region. This will translate into an uptick in shower activity by Wednesday, possibly becoming widespread with temps a touch cooler due to increasing cloud cover. All in all, nothing major is on the horizon for the next five days, just a discussion on how long this much deserved break will last and when will we return to the soupy mess with a better setup for daily, widespread shower action.
We'll lump Saturday, Sunday, and Monday together as all three days will be dry enough to spend some time outside, especially this weekend as moisture begins to creep back into the region late Monday. We aren't saying it wont rain over the three day span, but instead we won't have to deal with showers developing by midday and cloud cover stifling any plans we had for being out in the sun past noon. Isolated thunderstorms will surely develop along the highest ridgelines each afternoon, while the majority of SW NC remains dry and enjoys mostly sunny skies with a few late day clouds. Temps will warm to the low 70's along the ridgelines and the valleys level out to the mid 80's Saturday and Monday, possibly hitting the upper 80's on Sunday. Overnight lows dip into the upper 50's - low 60's each night under mostly clear - partly cloudy skies.
Tuesday and Wednesday bring back shower activity for all of SW NC, with scattered thunderstorms developing Tuesday and widespread showers on Wednesday. There will still be a decent amount of sunshine Tuesday morning before showers develop, but mostly cloudy skies should rule the day on Wednesday, capping temps to the low 80's.
We'll stop here and circle back on Monday, mainly because we have plans to stay outside as long as possible this weekend. Enjoy the dry-ish weather!