Two More Days: That's how much longer we'll have to cope with temperatures above 90° before we get an extended break from the heat. Sounds good to me! Sunday and Monday highs will range in the middle-upper 90s for the Upstate with upper 80s and low 90s in Western NC.
Big Switch Next Week: As the heat bubble loosens it's grip over much of the eastern half of the country, a cooler upper-level pattern becomes a lot more conducive for clouds and rain by late Monday and into Tuesday of next week. A consistent, deep southwesterly flow from the Gulf of Mexico will lead to a mostly cloudy sky Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Due to the added clouds and the absence of an upper-level heat ridge, temperatures will go back into the 70s and 80s starting on Tuesday and lasting into the weekend. Also, high humidity will lead to the proper environment for higher rain chances and some heavy downpours without the worry of severe storms. Severe weather would be more of a concern if temperatures were forecast to be above 90° (this would mean high instability).