Late day rain will spare most outdoor Memorial Day plans
Posted May 28
Fuquay-Varina, N.C. — Weather cooperated for events at the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest on Sunday night and conditions should remain good for morning events on the final day of the festival.
WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said that heavy storms stayed to the south of the Triangle and the risk of severe storms remains largely in southern portions of the state, especially along the coast, overnight.
With clear skies forecast for Monday morning, Wilmoth said that the Balloon Fest mass ascension scheduled for 6:15 a.m. should take off as scheduled, with wind speeds forecast to be between 5 and 10 mph.
"Hopefully the winds won't be too strong," she said.
Memorial Day will be hot and humid for the Triangle as highs reach near 90 degrees.
The UV index will be 9 out of 10, so if you're headed to the pool for the first time this year, make sure to use sunscreen.
A few widely scattered thunderstorms are possible late in the day, with damaging winds and hail possible. Widespread severe weather isn't expected, but once again, the region will be under a slight risk of severe weather, the second of five threat levels.
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"I don't think we're going to have any rain until very late in the day Monday, so if you have outdoor plans, for the most part, I think you'll be ok," Wilmoth said.
Wilmoth said the best chance to see rain will be late Monday and through the overnight hours into Tuesday morning.
The rest of the week should be drier with warm temperatures.