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Published: 2017-04-27 17:21:00
Updated: 2017-04-27 23:32:13
Posted April 27
Raleigh, N.C. — With low humidity and warm temperatures, Thursday's weather was perfect for spending time outside.
"But don't get used to it because the humidity and heat are going up tomorrow," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. "Saturday we're just going to cook, but it will be brief."
"For us there is the potential for some severe weather," Maze said. "There actually could be a thunderstorm near us tonight. I really don't think any will be severe."
Maze also referenced the potential of seeing smoke from the West Mims Fire in Georgia over the weekend, from Friday to Sunday, due to wind patterns.
"The fire has consumed 74,000 acres already, and it's only 8 percent contained. The United States Forest Service said it could take until November to contain this fire completely," Maze said. "The smoke will be lifted up into North Carolina."
Friday should be partly sunny, with a slight chance of showers southeast of the Triangle area. High temperatures are forecast to be in the mid to upper 80s.
"There could be a few showers around for the Friday morning commute, and during the afternoon there could be a shower in the east. Locally we should be partly cloudy," Maze said.
Saturday will be very warm with summer-like temperatures, sunny skies and a few clouds.
"We're up into the mid to upper 80s on Friday, low 90s on Saturday, back to the 80s on Sunday."
Sunday will be warm, but temperatures should start cooling down for next week's spring temperatures.
"Temperatures will back off. It looks like we'll have tamer heat next week locally," Maze said.
"If you're a fan of summer, you're going to get a really intense, quick burst of it, and then it will back off.