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Rainy weekend possible

Posted June 26, 2008

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— The state could see rain as early as Friday afternoon, but the weekend will be the most likely chance for showers as a cold front approaches, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

The western portion of the state is most likely to see scattered thunderstorms on Friday, which is predicted to be partly cloudy in the Triangle. If storms do occur in the Triangle it would be in the afternoon or early evening, Maze said. Highs are expected in the mid- to upper 90s.

Rain could help slow the advance of a worsening drought in the west.

The latest report from the state Drought Management Advisory Council shows 14 counties in southwest North Carolina are experiencing exceptional drought conditions, the worst of five categories tracked by the council. A week ago, seven counties were under exceptional conditions.

The rest of the state's drought map remained stable from a week ago, with most of the Triangle under severe drought conditions and counties to the south and east under moderate drought conditions.

On Saturday and Sunday, the approaching cold front  will destabilize the atmosphere, leading to a better chance for scattered storms, Maze said. Sunday’s rain could be severe. Highs for the weekend will be in the 90s.

The front will cool things off a little leading into early next week, with highs expected in the upper 80s for Monday and Tuesday.

Our weather on Thursday was expected to reach the hottest of the week, with highs in the upper 90s and a heat index near 100, Maze said.

For the month so far, there has been 2.78 inches of rain Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Since the beginning of the year RDU has had 19.77 inches of rain.

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  • PowderedToastMan Jun 26, 2008

    I like how they put "could" in the headline in case they're wrong.

    It "could" rain. It "could not" rain too. It "could" be nice. It "could" hail.

    Bob Dylan said it best, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows!"

  • 050462 Jun 26, 2008

    goldsboro,kinston,clinton was wet last weekend.u must be living under a rock........but wait,u would have been wet was well.

  • ChelsWCU1224 Jun 26, 2008

    Every weekend I want to go lay out and it rains...booo...:(

  • dogeatdog Jun 26, 2008

    Is this like the "rain" last weekend? Didn't get a drop in Goldsboro, Kinston, near Clinton..more places got left out than got rain last weekend and then everyone was supposed to get a half inch to an inch according to Mike Maze. It'll rain when God wants it to...not before :).

  • miketroll3572 Jun 26, 2008

    It might rain Friday, chance of rain Saturday, possible showers Sunday. I would like to be a weather guesser too, never wrong, never right, but still gotta job.

  • doodad Jun 26, 2008

    please oh please oh please rain!

  • Chili Jun 26, 2008

    Greg and Co. truly need to stop with the seven day forecast until they can learn to get a two day forecast correct. I'm placing my bets on 'we don't get a drop.'

  • bs101fly Jun 26, 2008

    use an umbrella!

  • Southern Fried Yankee Jun 26, 2008

    This might put a crimp in my plans for the weekend....The band is supposed to play at an outdoors gig.....Dang it......

    Dang it, dang it, dang it.

  • Reason Jun 26, 2008

    cold front = 90 degrees????

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