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Laurel Ridge , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 6:29PM

The Race is On

Heat and humidity continue escalating across the Southeast and we're not immune. Fortunately our heat is not what it is going to be a few hundred miles west. In fact, national weather headlines this weekend will be centered on excessive heat across much of nation's midsection. Afternoon clouds and scattered showers will temper the heat potential here each day beginning Friday, but it will still be warm. We'll dip our toes into the shower regime with isolated showers Thursday afternoon, and then full bore Friday.

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Hi: 83 Lo: 63

Few clouds; A rogue evening shower around; SE wind becoming light

Hi: 82 Lo: 65

Scattered clouds; Very warm; Isolated afternoon thundershowers; SE wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 82 Lo: 66

Partly to mostly cloudy; Scattered PM showers & t-showers; Very warm; Light South wind

Hi: 82 Lo: 66

Sunshine followed by more PM clouds; Scattered PM showers & t-showers; Warm

Hi: 83 Lo: 66

Partly to mostly cloudy; Scattered PM showers & t-showers; Continued warm

Further Out

Monday - Partly sunny; You guessed it, scattered afternoon showers & t-showers; Warm; High in the lower 80s; Low in the mid 60s
Tuesday - Afternoon cloud build-ups; Scattered afternoon to late-day showers & t-showers; High in the lower 80s; Low in the mid 60s

Forecast Discussion

We're going to run out of ways to write this forecast by the time the weekend rolls around. It usually happens every summer... and it's not a complaint. The pattern is in the process of shifting to an upper level ridge of high pressure in the western Atlantic (Bermuda High) becoming the dominant point of conversation.

The transition is complete by Friday situating the southern Appalachians in a stream of Gulf and Atlantic moisture that contributes to a daily barrage of afternoon showers/thundershowers. No frontal passages are in sight. We've been a little parched overall for the last week or so and my yard is showing the effects. That won't be an issue a week from now. The takeaway is "welcome to July" and being thankful for the rain. Keep in mind if you have "must do" outside obligations or activities the morning hours up until mid-afternoon is the safest bet. Thereafter it will be doable though much more challenging.


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