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Sunshine, warmer temps returning for weekend

Posted July 11

— After a stormy Thursday, sunshine will return to central and eastern North Carolina on the final day of the work week, marking a warmer trend that will stick around for several days. 

Clouds will clear gradually through the morning Friday, and afternoon sunshine will push daytime highs in to the low 90s. Isolated showers and storms are possible across the Triangle, but they won't be severe and shouldn't be as widespread as they were on Thursday, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

"We will be drier overall today, and we will return to the 90s after having a bit of a break from the heat," she said. "Luckily, the afternoon showers and storms we see today will be quite widespread."

Sunshine will be out in force over the weekend, and afternoon highs will be in the low-to mid-90s both Saturday and Sunday. 

Temperatures will stay warm during the first half of the work week, but a break from the heat will arrive on Wednesday thanks to a shift in the jet stream. 

"We're going to see a nice trough in the jet stream, and it's going to drop our daytime highs into the mid-80s by Wednesday," Gardner said. "Humidity should be lower, too, so it's going to be a good little break from the July heat."

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