Showers begin, cooler air on the way

Posted August 13, 2013

— Another steamy afternoon sparked some showers Tuesday evening, marking a change in the hot-and-humid pattern that has pinned the Triangle for days.

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"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. 


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  • shaggnncarolina Aug 13, 2013

    jUST A FEW minutes ago I saw what appeared to be a Tornado off from a distance. I was in Fuquay and it looked to be back toward Willow Springs.. I saw no warning of it on my Phone. Does anyone know if a Tornado hit down. It was wide at top and spiraled down toward the ground..

  • Mo Blues Aug 13, 2013

    The science men of the middle ages would offer to make it rain for money as well.

  • Antivenin Aug 13, 2013

    Good Lord. What's gonna be is what's gonna be. I for one am enjoying this summer after enjoying a nice spring.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Aug 13, 2013

    Oh, the climate is changing alright. It has changed on its own from the beginning of time and will continue to do so.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Aug 13, 2013

    " Once they realized global warming was a hoax"

    Which it isn't.

    "they changed over to something else. Now it is called "climate change"

    No, it's always been called that.

    "So when the weather is not 100% identical to what we saw last year, well the climate she's a changin'!"

    No, no, no...this would be y'alls excuse.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Aug 13, 2013

    "Per NOAA's dataset, over the last 17 years for the 12-mth periods ending June, the continental U.S. has been cooling, robustly. This took place while CO2 levels were well above the "safe" 350ppm mark."

    Do some research into the "Great Conveyor" and the effect it's weakening will have on the climate at middle North latitudes while still seeing a generalized warming of the planet as a whole. This is why it's called Global Climatic Change...not Global Warming. Calling it "warming" makes the gullible and naive think a couple of cool days means it isn't happening.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Aug 13, 2013

    "Corollary to that: When there is no real crisis, make one up."

    Or, in the case of the anti-GCC crowd, when the facts are against you make up your own and lie about the opposition.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Aug 13, 2013

    mep, don't you know? Once they realized global warming was a hoax, they changed over to something else. Now it is called "climate change". So when the weather is not 100% identical to what we saw last year, well the climate she's a changin'!!!

  • gt_football Aug 13, 2013

    Loving the HOT and humid weather!! Winter will be here soon his is good ole NC Chamber of Commerce weather!

  • dadsgoose98 Aug 13, 2013

    "Looks like a mild week coming up. Despite the chance for rain, it should still feel pretty comfortable outside ...... looking forward to it."
    Wow, Thank you for that.