BIG Improvements Coming in the 7-Day! - FOX Carolina 21

BIG Improvements Coming in the 7-Day!

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Good morning!  It's been a quiet start to the day, with just a few spotty showers along the TN border areas of Western North Carolina.  Some light fog may have slowed you down, but visibilities haven't been too low.

We'll stay partly cloudy through the day, so we'll see more sunshine than we've had over the past few days.  Temperatures will also be warming up and will be above-normal by the afternoon.  Highs will reach the upper 80s in the Upstate and the low/mid 80s in the Mountains.  Humidity will stay up, but it won't be quite as tropical as it's been. 

A few late-day thunderstorms will develop, but these should be widely scattered at best (meaning the majority of spots will stay dry).  Any storm could bring some heavy rain and a lot of lightning, and a stronger storm could produce some gusty winds.

Tomorrow will bring the hottest temps of the week (around 90 degrees in the Upstate, mid/upper 80s in WNC) with only an isolated PM shower/storm chance.  A stronger cold front will trigger a higher chance of rain and storms late-day on Saturday.  We'll have to watch for the threat of severe storms along that front - although early morning cloud cover could help to lessen that. 

Behind this front, it will be BEAUTIFUL for the end of the weekend and start of next week.  Highs will be cooler and comfortable (upper 70s/low 80s in the Upstate and mid/upper 70s in WNC) and the humidity will drop to fall-like levels.  We'll also eliminate rain chances and replace them with tons of sun... so it will be perfect weather to get outside.

There is plenty of activity in the tropics this morning, but we don't expect any major impacts on the U.S. from the storms.  Hurricane Leslie and (as of this morning, Cat 3) Hurricane Michael are both drifting northward.  Leslie could bring some rip currents to the U.S. coast, but that would be the only issue.  The NHC is watching an area in the Gulf that they're giving a 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation, but this is also drifting away from the United States (it's moving southwestward).  To get the latest info on these storms, check out the National Hurricane Center's site here.

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