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Cooler Temps to End the Week

Published: 8.4.15 6:13am

Good Morning Folks! We turn up the heat today as temps push to their highest levels all week, followed by an increase in shower coverage tomorrow and Thursday with spotty showers Friday into the weekend. Temps will cool down a few degrees starting Thursday but return to above normal levels by the end of the weekend. All in all this week is rather quiet with spotty showers and above normal temps making up most of the action. 

Mostly sunny skies will continue across the region today and as such temps will be able to rise to the upper 70’s along the ridgelines to the low 90’s across the lower elevation valley towns, particularly those with downtown environments (excessive pavement will increase temps by a degree or two). Isolated showers are likely this afternoon and with the overall flow out of the NW, the majority of the action will be found along the TN line and other nearby ridgelines with rainfall totals under a quarter of an inch. Shortly before sunset most of the shower activity will come to a close as we lose daytime heating and partly cloudy skies will linger through the overnight hours, allowing temps to dip into the upper 50’s – mid 60’s. 

Wednesday through Friday will provide us with our best chance for showers each afternoon, with the highest coverage occurring Thursday and rainfall totals will likely average out to a quarter – half inch for all of SW NC during these three days. Of course a few spots will report higher amounts under heavy thunderstorms, however the overall picture still looks rather spotty at this time and we could use all the rain we can get as we continue to flirt with drought conditions. Both Wednesday and Friday feature pop up showers with the majority of the action found across the higher ridgelines facing SW, translating into showers moving into nearby valleys whereas a NW flow would normally limit valley interactions. Thursday seems to be a different setup as an upper level disturbance is slated to swing through late in the day, providing us with region wide shower coverage and mostly cloudy skies; hence the cooler temps Thursday into the weekend. All in all temps will push into the mid 70’s – upper 80’s Wednesday due to early morning sunshine, followed by temps in the low 70’s – mid 80’s Thursday and Friday as partly sunny – mostly cloudy skies sit overhead. Overnight lows will settle into the low – mid 60’s each night under partly – mostly cloudy skies and isolated showers are possible, but should fizzle out before midnight. 

Saturday into Sunday will feature gradual clearing with partly sunny skies still lingering across the region on Saturday, while partly cloudy – mostly sunny skies setup shop on Sunday. Temps will still remain in the low 70’s – mid 80’s Saturday and rise to the mid 70’s – upper 80’s Sunday. Both days will feature muggy conditions so pack extra water if you are hitting the trail as it will feel much warmer than the actual temp reading. 

Overall, pleasant today minus the heat, pop up showers Wednesday through Friday with cooler temps arriving Thursday and transitioning back to above normal temps by Sunday. ENJOY! 


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