Happy Thursday everyone! We're looking at a typical July summer pattern for the Upstate and mountains over the next several days, but what we are not used to is the hazy and smoky skies. The smoke is from wildfires out west and in Canada and is getting dragged into the Carolina region. This should linger through at least the end of the week.

Hazy skies from those raging wildfires will stay in place all day long, with Air Quality concerns across the region, especially western NC. Spend a little less time outdoors today if you have any lung concerns, or are elderly or very young. Highs today climb into the 80s and lower 90s with just a 10% chance at a brief passing shower.

The sky remains smoky on Friday with passing clouds and a 20% chance for rain. Highs again climb into the 80s and lower 90s. Overnight lows drop into the 60s and low 70s.

The wildfire smoke should slowly diminish over the weekend, but we'll hold on to heat and mostly dry weather with just a 20-30% chance at passing showers or a brief storm. Highs stay near or just above average for this time of year, in the 80s to lower 90s. 

For early next week we'll see a slight uptick in showers and storms as temperatures remain around normal, in the low 90s.

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