Published: 2008-06-26 06:43:00
Updated: 2008-06-26 13:22:12
Posted June 26, 2008
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.