First Alert For Air Quality Concerns, spotty AM shower chance

FOX Carolina's Katherine Noel has the latest on your Thursday forecast.
Published: Jun. 7, 2023 at 7:35 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2023 at 5:11 AM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - A First Alert Weather Day for western North Carolina due to an Air Quality Alert in place until Midnight Thursday.

First Alert Headlines

  • Poor air quality upstate and western NC due to wildfire smoke
  • Cold front brings spotty showers into early Thursday
  • Brief dip in temperatures before a weekend warmup

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An Air Quality Alert remains in effect until midnight for western North Carolina. Smoke concentrations from wildfires in eastern Canada will create dangerous conditions for people with respiratory issues like asthma. If this applies to you, limit time outdoors today and make sure that windows are closed and locked. Even if you do not have respiratory issues, it would be best to avoid exercising outside today or any activity that may lead to heavy breathing. Conditions should improve through Thursday, especially for the Upstate.

Smoke thins out toward end of the week
Smoke thins out toward end of the week(Fox Carolina)

Spotty showers will be possible throughout the morning, mostly shifting into the Upstate and northeastern Georgia. Skies will remain mostly cloudy as the cold front slowly slips south of the region, allowing a milder and drier air mass to settle in. Lows will wind up in the low 50s to around 60.

Futuretrack Satellite & Radar, 7:00 AM Thursday
Futuretrack Satellite & Radar, 7:00 AM Thursday(WHNS)

Skies will gradually clear out behind the cold front, and air quality will improve as the smoke is pushed out of the region. An isolated shower or thunderstorm could redevelop during the afternoon, but shouldn’t do much to spoil the day. Highs will take a milder turn back to the middle and upper 70s.

Clearing up for the early part of the weekend
Clearing up for the early part of the weekend(Fox Carolina)

High pressure takes the reins for Friday and Saturday, sending us off into the weekend with mostly sunny skies. Highs will warm back up to the upper 70s to mid 80s as well, so we’ll get some more of that classic Summer feeling. Mostly sunny skies are expected to continue on Sunday, but it is now looking like we may see an isolated shower or thunderstorm later in the day. Nothing that will ruin outdoor plans, but something to keep an eye out for.