Published: 2021-07-27 05:24:00
Updated: 2021-09-17 00:10:53
By WRAL Severe Weather Center
Raleigh, N.C. — The final weekend of summer will definitely feel like summer.
We'll wake up to cloudy skies, but it should be dry for Friday morning. Some showers will develop in the eastern part of the state during the day, but we'll likely stay dry in the Triangle. Highs will range from the low-to-mid 80s with partly cloudy skies for the afternoon.
Friday should be a comfortable night for high school football if you're headed out to a game. We'll be around 77 for kickoff.
Saturday will carry a high of 87 with a 20 percent chance for rain while Sunday carries a high of 88 with another low chance of rain.
The first day of fall, Sept. 22, is a week away, and it will take at least that long to feel like it.
"It won't be hot, but it will be very humid," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.
The average last 90 degree day of the year is on Sept. 12, but don't plan on pulling out your sweaters anytime soon. There's a high confidence of above normal temperatures for North Carolina through Sept. 24. So far this year, there have been 56 days at or above 90 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International.
Sept. 10 marked the peak of hurricane season, and the tropics remain active through this week.
A coastal low will move past the NC coast Thursday and Friday, creating a moderate to high level for rip currents, as well as rough surf with high swells. There's also a threat of flooding with the on-and-off rain.
Nicholas, now a tropical depression, is moving into western Louisiana. Rain totals in Texas, where Nicholas made landfall as a hurricane, were Significantly less than anticipated, with between 4 and 7 inches of rain falling in the Houston area over the last 48 hours.
Flash food watches are still in effect for southern counties in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
An area northeast of the Bahamas has a 70% chance of development over the next few days. Models show this developing potentially Thursday afternoon and Friday but are consistent in keeping the system offshore of North Carolina. There will not be an impact to land, but rip currents will be possible through the weekend.
A second area in the eastern Atlantic has a 90% chance of development. "We'll see how this develops and moves across the Atlantic," said WRAL meteorologist Zach Maloch. "Right now models keep this weaker, which is good, and a few big fronts and troughs of low pressure look to keep it away from the United States."