FRIDAY: Mix of sun and clouds. More clouds with an isolated PM t’storm east of Highway 17. Highs: 84 to 88 inland, 80 to 84 beaches. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear early with low clouds inland late, comfortable. Lows: 66 to 70 inland, 70 to 74 beaches. Light wind.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny with an isolated PM t’shower on the sea breeze front. Highs: 88 to 92 inland, 84 to 86 beaches. South to southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
DISCUSSION: We’ll get a couple days to dry out after the dumping of rain some spots received this week. Greenville has gotten close to 4” in the last 7 days, but Beaufort got that just on Thursday alone!
The Caribbean air that had been over Eastern North Carolina all week has now been pushed off shore thanks to the cool front that caused the heavy rain on Thursday. Today will be a transition day as a high pressure over the Ohio Valley slowly noses east of the mountains.
This high pressure will be in control of our weather all weekend, but it’s not a nice refreshing Canadian high pressure. Because of the way the jet stream is configured and upper level ridge will push east out of the central Plains sending a burst of hot and dry Desert Southwest air our way for the weekend. Highs will reach 90 on Saturday and the upper 90s for Sunday.
This heat wave will be brief as by early next week a jet stream pattern change will send a deep upper level trough into the mid-Mississippi Valley allowing an unseasonably cool Canadian high pressure to control the eastern U.S. for the middle of next week. This will mean we will be warmer this last weekend of July than we will be the first weekend of August!
TROPICS: The tropics will remain quiet for the next week or so. Too much dry Saharan dust is out over the central Atlantic Ocean to allow any tropical waves to develop.
MARINE: North wind becoming east 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet near shore. Surf temp: 82 degrees.