Spotty showers, storms stick around Saturday, Sunday
Posted June 7, 2013
Updated June 8, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Tropical Storm Andrea may have left North Carolina, but that doesn't mean the rain is over.
A system following directly behind Andrea is expected to move into the state on Saturday, bringing more showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon that will add to rain totals that are already above average for June.
Sprinkles could dampen the crowds who turn out for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Saturday morning, but the race won't be a rainout.
The chance for rain at 8 a.m. is only about 30 percent, according to the National Weather Service. Clouds may keep the heat in check early Saturday, but it will be plenty humid. Temperatures will top out in the upper 80s.
There is a chance for afternoon thunderstorms on both days, any one of which could pack brief, heavy downpour and gusty winds.
"We are moving into a more summer-like pattern of warm, muggy days with temperatures in the mid-80s where we see some chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon and early evening," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.
Sunday's weather will mirror that of the day before. It starts warm, muggy and partly cloudy with a lesser chance for afternoon thunderstorms.
The pattern holds through the early part of the work week, although the storm possibilities slip into the widely scattered category by Tuesday and Wednesday.
The average June rainfall in Raleigh is 3.42 inches. So far this month, the Triangle has had 6.02 inches of rain.