Hot but mostly dry weekend

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — After a hot and muggy end to the week with temperatures in the upper 90s, temperatures will fall a bit for the weekend.  On Saturday, a cold front will cross central North Carolina, ushering in some slightly drier air.  That cold front will stall to the east and become stationary.  With it being close by, a late-day shower or storm is possible with better chances in areas south and southeast of the Triangle.  North of the Triangle on Saturday, it should remain dry and humidity levels will lower a bit.  Highs will reach into the lower 90s on Saturday.

The front will move away on Sunday and skies should be mostly sunny with slightly less humid air moving in, however, in areas south of the Triangle it will still be humid with highs in central North Carolina staying in the lower 90s.

High pressure should control our weather on Monday for the total eclipse.  It looks like central North Carolina will stay dry and skies should be no worse than partly sunny during the afternoon.  In the North Carolina mountains, however, there will be more clouds to deal with and a shower will be possible.

Tuesday will be partly sunny and there will be a slight risk of an afternoon or evening storm. By next Wednesday, a cold front will begin approaching the state, so a couple of storms will be possible.  That front will move through on Thursday with a chance of showers and storms.

By next Friday, high pressure will build in behind the front and temperatures will fall to very comfortable levels.7DAY_WP_FULL

Saturday will be mostly to partly sunny with a slight risk of an afternoon shower or storm.  The high will be 92.  Winds will be west around 5 mph.  The rain risk will be 20 percent.

Saturday Night will be mostly clear.  The overnight low will be 71. Winds will be light out of the west.

Sunday will be mostly sunny and hot.  The high will be 92.  Winds will be light out of the northeast.

Solar Eclipse Monday will be mostly sunny to partly sunny, hot and humid.  A very isolated shower or storm may pop up.  The high will be 92, after a morning low of 73.  The rain risk will be 10 percent.

Tuesday will be partly sunny with a slight risk of a PM shower or storm.  The high will be 92, after a morning low of 73.  The rain risk will be 20 percent.

Wednesday will be partly sunny with a few showers and storms possible.  The high will be 91, after a morning low of 73.  The rain risk will be 40 percent.

Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a few showers and storms possible again.  The high will be 86, after a morning low of 70.  The rain risk will be 40 percent.

Next Friday will become mostly sunny and pleasant.  The high will be 82, after a morning low of 67.

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This forecast was prepared by the WNCN weather 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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