'Stormfest' only source of clouds in weekend forecast

Posted June 15, 2012
Updated June 16, 2012

Unseasonably cool air that settled over central North Carolina in the middle of the week will stay put for the weekend, setting up a picture perfect Saturday and Father's Day, according to WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

"Expect another fine afternoon with low humidity and comfortable temperatures and no rain," Fishel said of Saturday, when he and other weather experts will greet fans and answer questions at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences "Stormfest."

The day-long celebration of the science of weather runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is highlighted by two panel discussions – one at 10:30 a.m. featuring morning meteorologists including WRAL's Elizabeth Gardner and another at 2:30 p.m. headlined by Fishel. 

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Temperatures started in the 50s Saturday morning and should climb into the 80s by late afternoon. Clear skies and low humidity will be the dominant feature of an afternoon designed for outdoor lovers. 

"We may see a few fair weather clouds as we go through the afternoon, but overall it's going to be a day with lots of sunshine and low humidity," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss. "Enjoy it while you can, because things will be changing over the next couple of days."

A ridge of high pressure over the eastern half of the United States keeps the high temperatures at bay for another day. Sunday will see highs that barely top the 80-degree mark.

But summer will come barreling in with the work week, as high temperatures begin a steady climb toward the 90-degree mark on Monday and Tuesday. By Thursday, the official start of summer should see some officially hot temperatures, Moss said.

"It's going to feel like summer again by early next week," he said. "We'll be transitioning from a pattern of below average high temperatures to above average high temperatures, and the humidity will return."


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  • unblankenbelievable Jun 15, 2012

    Looks like a Harley kind of weekend to me!!! :)

    Me too girl... Getting the hog out bright and early tomorrow. We should hook up:)

  • Ambygirl Jun 15, 2012

    JoCoGrl you got that right!! Hair blowing in the wind and a smile on your face!! I'll be working in my garden, playing with my pups and hanging by the pool! Gonna be a great weekend!! Love this weather!! WOO HOO!!

  • JoCoGrl Jun 15, 2012

    Looks like a Harley kind of weekend to me!!! :)

  • PanthersFan45 Jun 15, 2012

    With the 1st day of summers offical start set for next Wednesday, I really can't believe the weather we have had thru this spring. There have been very few really hot days (by NC Standards). I don't know how many 90 degree days we have had so far at this point, but I recall the heat starting pretty early last year ..... no complaints from me at all. I will make every effort to be outside at one of Raleigh's parks this weekend. Take advantage of the nice weather !!

  • Jimmytwotimes Jun 15, 2012

    Wow, weather good for everything but swimming.

    Global warming is such a crock. The earth is doing exactly what it has always done. we had a bad hurricane year 5 yrs ago and everyone thought that was it. nope, been quiet since. we had a snowy winter and everyone thought that was global warming. nope, no snow this year. We had a drought and everyone thought that was it, nope we good now. we had a hot year and everyone thought that was it, nope we cool now. we had a tornadic year and everyone thought that was it, nope, pretty average this year. there is no patterns, mother earth is alive and well. The ice caps will melt and refreeze as they probably have done a hundred times througout the earths existence.

  • Sumo Vita Jun 15, 2012

    We've just had one of the warmest winters following one of the hottest summers on record, for the past year - and all it takes it one cold front to bring out a "Global Cooling" crack. Facepalm.

  • OneLove Jun 15, 2012

    BEAUTIFUL! Weekend plans? CHECK!

  • Dark of the Moon Jun 15, 2012

    GLOBAL COOLING!!!!!!!!!


  • Hammerhead Jun 15, 2012

    Uhavenoclu, why do you bother reading the articles and commenting? Are you always this grumpy?

  • dwntwnboy Jun 15, 2012

    Enjoy it while we can, we KNOW the heat is coming!!