Memorial Day weekend has sunshine, humid weather with chance of scattered thunderstorms

Posted May 23, 2020 6:54 a.m. EDT
Updated May 24, 2020 12:23 p.m. EDT

Memorial Day weekend is looking humid and hot, with a chance of scattered thunderstorms, says WRAL meteorologist Peta Sheerwood.

Sheerwood said it's going to feel like summer this weekend with temperatures in the 80s.

Along the coast, many beaches have a moderate rip current risk, so be careful if you are headed to the water for Memorial Day weekend.

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The cut-off low pressure that was in the area is moving out to sea, meaning warm days and lots of sunshine are here. There's a chance for some pop-up showers but, overall, the Memorial Day weekend expects to look nice.

The mountains have the highest chance for scattered thunderstorms in the late afternoon as the day warms up. Temperatures in the mountains are about 70 degrees.

"A cold front/warm front area to our west is going to be a breeding ground for some scattered storms," WRAL Meteorologist Zach Maloch said. "The energy for those looks to stay just to our west, so if we do see a strong to severe storm, it looks like it'll be over the Greensboro area. For us, we'll just be watching a few showers."

From 7 p.m. going into 10 p.m. there's a good chance that storms will move in from the foothills to western North Carolina, and parts of central North Carolina. Storms will clear out through the night and Monday is looking dry -- with the lowest chance for storms.

Monday morning could have some patchy fog, mist and drizzle, Sheerwood said.

In the meantime temperatures in the Triangle on Sunday will be at 79 degrees at noon. By 2 p.m., the weather will be around 82 degrees.

We likely won't see any chances for significant rain until at least Thursday.

"But, it's not like what we dealt with last week where it was raining nonstop," Sheerwood said.

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