Cold front, tropical rain still in play later this week

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — As we wrap up the month of August today, temperatures will stay in the 90s with only a small chance for a shower or storm later in the afternoon.  Thursday a cold front will approach the state ushering in cooler temperatures and lower humidity for the end of the work week and our Labor Day weekend ahead.

Three systems continue to hold our attention in the tropics, but the two tropical depressions near the United States coast remain disorganized and just below tropical storm status.  Hurricane Gaston is the strongest of them all, becoming a Category 3 storm late Tuesday in the open waters of the Atlantic, where it will stay for the remainder of its life as it moves away from the U.S.

Tropical Depression Eight is now more than 75 miles away from the coast of North Carolina and will continue to move away.  The Tropical Storm Warning for the North Carolina coast was dropped Tuesday night, but rip currents will still be an issue the next few days.

Tropical Depression Nine remains disorganized in the Gulf of Mexico.  It is expected to become a Tropical Storm later today as it moves through the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  The official path has the storm crossing northeast over Florida Thursday and then moving up the east coast late this week.  Once again, central and eastern North Carolina will have to watch this storm very closely as it could impact our weather Friday and Saturday.

Today will be partly cloudy with a very small chance of rain late in the day.  The high will be around 90, with a rain risk of only 10 percent.

Dry weather returns tonight but, temperatures will remain mild.  Expect a low near 70.

Thursday will be partly to mostly cloudy with scattered afternoon storms possible as a cold front approaches central North Carolina.  The high will be 89.  The rain risk will be 50 percent.

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Friday will see cooler temperatures move in after the front, but we will have to watch the forecast of Tropical Depression Nine to see if more rain will move into central North Carolina.  Look for a high of 84. The rain risk will be 20 percent.

Saturday will see increasing sunshine as the cooler temperatures continue.  The high will be 83, after a morning low of 63.  Sunday will also be rather sunny; the high will be 82, after a morning low of 62.

Labor Day 2016 will continue to be nice with sunny conditions, dry weather and a high in the low to mid 80s.  Monday is also the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Fran, one of the worst storms hurricanes to ever hit our state.   Click here to see a special report about Hurricane Fran.

This forecast was prepared by the CBS North Carolina Storm Team and is based on the latest information available and years of weather forecasting in North Carolina. It was not produced by a computer like many forecasts you find on the web, social media and smarts phone apps.

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