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Fairly Normal for July; Hot and Humid

Published: 7.6.15 6:39am

Good Morning Folks! We picked up an average of 0.15” yesterday with only a few spots surpassing the half inch mark, making for a soggy yet still somewhat pleasant end to the holiday weekend. This week will include a step back from the constant shower activity, temps will rise to normal then above normal levels and by the time the weekend rolls around, showers are expected to return to the region. Overall this week will be somewhat normal for July and be thankful we are not entering another heat wave. 

Mostly cloudy skies are overhead at this time, however we expect some sunshine to filter into the region and this will allow temps to eventually push into the upper 60’s – low 80’s depending upon elevation. Tuesday will move along in the same fashion, as we expect some minor clearing to take place before noon and then pop up showers will develop as we move into the mid – late afternoon hours. Most locations stand a chance at a passing shower, however rainfall totals will be much lower than the past 3 - 5 days as we expect an average around 0.10 – 0.20” before the sun sets. A few thunderstorms will be present and of course they will drop heavier amounts, however they seem to be confined along the highest elevation ridgetops. Overnight into Tuesday and Wednesday will feature isolated showers and partly cloudy skies, with nothing surpassing a tenth of an inch as we deal with temps dipping into the low – mid 60’s depending upon elevation (perhaps upper 50’s at Cataloochee Ski Area). 

Wednesday into Friday offers up a classic summer setup as partly cloudy – mostly sunny skies sit overhead and temps soar into the low 70’s – mid 80’s, possibly hitting the upper 80’s on Thursday (a change from the previous forecast). Isolated showers and thunderstorms will develop in tandem with the afternoon heat, translating into coverage remaining focused along the ridgelines and perhaps a valley or two as we rely on differential heating to trigger afternoon showers. Overnight lows will settle into the low – mid 60’s and isolated showers are possible before 11pm most nights, followed by partly cloudy skies remaining overhead the rest of the night. 

Taking a sneak peek into the weekend, it seems we will find increased shower coverage as the overall setup becomes more conducive to afternoon showers, with rainfall totals surpassing a half inch. Temps may lower a degree or two, but overall it will be a muggy mess this weekend with more clouds than sunshine. 

Overall, pop up showers today and tomorrow followed by a classic summertime setup Wednesday into Friday and then more shower activity is expected for the weekend. ENJOY!


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