Wednesday has been another beautiful weather day across eastern North Carolina. We started off with some high clouds and through the day we have seen some patchy clouds around the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds but for the most part it has been a sunny blue sky day. There has been a steady to strong northwest wind at 10-20 mph that has made it seem a little cool if you find yourself in the shade but in the full sunshine our temperatures of 62-66 along the beaches and 70-74 on the mainland have been comfortable. (The normal high temperature for this time of the year is 75).
Of note, the tree pollen continues to be quite high. The concentration today is a 9.3 out of 12.0 and is classified as HIGH. The pollen containing allergens includes Hickory, Oak, Pecan and Willow trees. The concentration is forecast to ease back a little bit over the next three days but will still run between 7 and 9 out of 12 (MEDIUM HIGH) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Our skies should be clear tonight with lots of bright stars above us. The sun sets at 7:47pm and the 1/3 full moon doesn’t rise until around 3:00am Thursday morning. The breeze will lighten up as we move through the evening and as it does, we could see some patchy ground fog develop near bodies of standing water (like drainage ditches, creeks, ponds, lakes, etc.). Our temperatures will get chilly tonight with 36-40 expected in the cooler low lying areas south of US70 and west of US17 (mainly Duplin, western Onslow, Jones, southern Lenoir, western Carteret and western Craven counties). Most of us will be at 40-44 with the beaches cooling to 46-50.
Thursday will start off on the chilly side with morning low temps in the upper 30s and lower 40s. We should see mostly sunny skies through the day with a few high thin clouds drifting across the sun. High temps will make it to 60-64 along the beaches, 64-68 on the inner banks rivers and sounds and 68-72 on the mainland.
Thursday evening starts off clear but then some scattered clouds roll into eastern North Carolina with the low temperature in the upper 40s and lower 50s.
On Friday we should see a mix of sun and clouds with more sun in the morning and more clouds in the afternoon. It will be breezy and warm with the high temperature up into the upper 70s on the mainland and 70 at the beach. There is a decent chance for rain and thunderstorms to be working their way across our area Friday afternoon into the evening and even through early Saturday. If the storms arrive during the maximum heating of the afternoon they could get fairly strong with some gusty winds and heavy rain.
Cloudy skies with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will be with us Friday night with a warm overnight low temperature in the upper 50s.
Saturday will start with mix of sun and clouds and then become mostly sunny. The high temperatures will make it up into the lower 80s.
Saturday night should be dry and mild under mainly clear skies with the low temp in the low to middle 50s.
Sunday looks good with mostly sunny skies and the high up to around 74. This forecast is based on a dry front moving through the area and bringing in some cooler temperatures. If the front doesn’t make it through the high temperature on Sunday will be closer to 80.
Sunday night should be dry under stars and clouds with a low temperature a few degrees either side of 52.
Monday brings a mix of sun and clouds and a high temperature of 76. By afternoon there is a slight chance for a few showers to develop. The chance of rain is 20%.
Monday night will become mostly cloudy and we will continue that slight chance for a shower with the low around 55.
Cloudy skies with rain and thunderstorms are expected on Tuesday and Tuesday night with the high temp around 75 and the low around 60.
Wednesday will be mostly cloudy and there is a good chance for rain showers during the day with the high around 76.