'Where's the umbrella?': Muggy, wet weekend on the way

Posted May 16, 2013
Updated May 17, 2013

— An upper-level low pressure system that brought devastating tornadoes to parts of Texas during the middle of the week will weaken before it arrives in the Triangle for the weekend, but WRAL meterologist Mike Maze says umbrellas won't be optional.

"This system is coming our way, but we're not expecting it to be severe when it arrives," Maze said. "There could be an isolated severe storm, but nothing like what the folks in Texas saw."

Still, showers and thunderstorms will dump plenty of rain on central North Carolina starting Saturday afternoon and lasting through Sunday. By Monday, some places could see 1 to 2 inches of rain.

"'Where's the umbrella?' You're going to be wondering that over the weekend because you're going to need it," Maze said.

Friday will be muggy before the wet, cooler weather settles in on Saturday. Temperatures were in the low 80s at noon and highs will once again be in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees in spots. Weekend highs will back down into the low 80s and even upper 70s.

"Shower chances increase, especially by Sunday, and the heat takes a break," Maze said. "Because of all the cloud cover and rain in our forecast, the bigger heat will back off."

Meanwhile, the Triangle got a taste of summer Thursday with sunny skies and highs in the mid 80s, and the mercury even climbed to 90 degrees in Fayetteville and Goldsboro.

The last time temperatures cracked the 90-degree mark was Sept. 6, 2012, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.


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  • wxfreak May 17, 2013 There's a better answer

  • simplelogic May 17, 2013

    LOL david - at least one more, I believe. Surprised he hasn't already chimed in.

  • gobbledygook May 17, 2013

    I just canceled my outdoor activities for the whole weekend. Won't need an umbrella, as I will be turtled inside my home

  • davidjunk2 May 17, 2013

    Dude, how many aliases do you have?

  • WralCensorsAreBias May 17, 2013

    Last weekend they said EXACTLY the same thing and most of the area didn't see a drop.

    Outdoor events, roll on and don't panic, you'll be fine.

  • Obamacare survives May 17, 2013

    First it was 3+ inches of we're down to 1-2 inches. Anyone wanna bet this forecast will be 'fine tuned' in the next 48 hours to read, .25-.50 inches of rain possible?

  • heard-it-all-before May 17, 2013

    seen this one before. i'll take my chances. don't cancel your day plans...