Published: 2018-05-28 16:26:00
Updated: 2018-07-13 14:08:41
By Jodi Leese Glusco, WRAL.com director of content
Raleigh, N.C. — The Triangle returns to a typical, steamy weather pattern this week as the threat of showers associated with Subtropical Storm Alberto is replaced with regular, old summer afternoon thunderstorm chances, according to WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth.
Tuesday calls for morning showers then more hit-and-miss thunderstorms in the afternoon, a chance of about 60 percent.
"It will be a gloomy day, but warmer," Wilmoth said. The high should reach back into the low 80s after Monday's clouds kept Raleigh a cool 70 degrees.
"We'll be under a tropical air mass through the rest of the week," Wilmoth said. "It will be very muggy although showers will be hit or miss."
Through Friday night, a total of about 2 inches of rain could fall in the Triangle.
Light rain fell throughout the day on Monday in the Triangle, but the heaviest showers stayed further east, along the North Carolina coast and the threat of flash flooding failed to develop.
The light rain Monday amounted to only a tenth of an inch in Raleigh, while Clinton saw an inch and New Bern measured almost 3 inches. Wilmington set a single-day record with 4.05 inches of rain.
Heavy rain is in the forecast, too, for the western North Carolina mountains.
Much of North Carolina is under a flash flood watch through Tuesday morning. In the western part of the state, that watch extends through Wednesday morning.
There was some minor flooding in Wilmington Monday, but emergency officials are turning their attention to the mountains, where flash floods and dangerous landslides are possible as Alberto's remnants move to the west.
The subtropical storm, the first named storm of the hurricane season which begins on Friday, made landfall just before 5 p.m. Monday in the Florida Panhandle and was on a northward track that would take it west of North Carolina.
Forecasters say the mountains could see up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain.
Some communities have already asked residents to leave the most vulnerable areas for landslides.
Forecasters say landslides happen most often after a sudden burst of heavy rain.