Raleigh, N.C. — Another steamy afternoon sparked some showers Tuesday evening, marking a change in the hot-and-humid pattern that has pinned the Triangle for days.
"There are two fronts," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze explained. The first, which could bring storms, moved into western North Carolina in the late afternoon hours. Another front, which will bring cooler air through the end of the week, was over the Ohio Valley Tuesday afternoon and expected to dip into North Carolina overnight.
"There probably won't be anything severe," Maze said.
There is a slight chance of storms, with the greatest risk for straight-line winds for those south and east of the Interstate 95 corridor.
"By midnight, most if not all of the activity should be gone from the area," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.
By morning, the Triangle will be under a new, less humid air mass and it will feel significantly cooler.
Highs Wednesday will struggle to hit the 80-degree mark, and by Thursday and Friday they will likely climb only into the upper 70s. Overnight lows will dip into the low 60s, well below the mid-August average of 69 degrees.
The cold front will stall along the coast over the weekend, helping to increase the Triangle's chances for rain Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Areas closer to the coast could see 4 to 5 inches of rain in the next five to seven days, and central North Carolina cities and towns could get 1 to 2 inches.
Temperatures will stay mild through early next week as well, topping out in the mid-70s over the weekend before climbing back into the low 80s Monday.