Perfect timing: Cooler weather will arrive just in time for fall

Posted July 27, 2021 5:24 a.m. EDT
Updated September 20, 2021 11:02 p.m. EDT

— Milder temperatures have arrived, but a strong cold front will move through mid-week just in time for the first day of fall.

The timing is perfect. The first day of fall is Wednesday and temperatures will get noticeably cooler after that, she said.

The weather will start to change on Tuesday, when a chance of rain arrives back in central North Carolina and showers should pop up for most of us. We'll wake up to plenty of clouds and rain will move in from the south. It will move to the north and west through mid-day.

"We see it raining through the Sandhills and Cumberland County," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Mike Maze said of Tuesday morning. "If you're watching from our northeastern counties, you really may not see anything until later in the day."

Showers will stick around through the overnight hours.

High temperatures for the next 3 days

Then, a strong cold front could move through the area on Wednesday.

Showers will begin Wednesday afternoon and will continue off and on into early Thursday morning, before most of the front moving off by midday.

Rainfall over the next five days

Central North Carolina could see anywhere from a half-of-inch to 2 inches of rain from this week's storms. Then it's good news for fall lovers as the cold front delivers a big change in temperatures.

Thursday will feature a high in the mid 70s, and Friday and Saturday mornings will be in the upper 40s to mid 50s across the WRAL viewing area. The afternoons will be full of sunshine and highs mainly in the 70s.

7-Day Forecast

Tracking the tropics

Two tropical storms formed hours apart in the Atlantic on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Peter formed early Sunday morning and was about 430 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands as of 11 a.m. on Sunday. Rainfall around the edge of the system could bring urban and small stream flooding to Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the rest of the northern Leeward Islands from late Sunday into Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Rose formed just before 5 p.m. on Sunday, according to the NHC. The system is currently 370 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. By the middle of the week, Tropical Storm Rose is expected to slowly weakening as it enters a more unfavorable environment, according to meteorologists.

Neither storm is expected to impact the United States, according to Maloch.

Model plots of Tropical Storm Peter and Tropical Storm Rose

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