Sunday to be cool, dry after rainy Saturday

Posted July 7, 2018 8:15 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:19 a.m. EDT

— A surprise system dumped several inches of rain and prompted flooding Saturday, but the region will enjoy drier, cooler air in its wake.

The storms ushered in cooler air, with temperatures in the 70s Saturday. Temperatures will drop into the 60s overnight and, although the mercury will climb into the mid-80s Sunday, there will be limited humidity, making things feel comfortable, according to WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

WRAL meteorologists are watching two systems in the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Beryl is a Category 1 storm and expected to San Juan early Monday morning. WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said the storm could fall apart once it encounters the rugged landscape of Puerto Rico.

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"That's not a guarantee so we'll be watching it for the next few days," Moss said.

Tropical Depression No. 3 was swirling off the southeast coast of North Carolina with maximum winds of about 30 miles per hour. Fishel said the storm was expected to become more organized and could intensify and be named Tropical Storm or Hurricane Chris. The system was forecast to turn away from land and drift north and east into the ocean on Monday, Moss said.

"IF you take a look at all of the ensemble plots, none of them take the system any closet to the North Carolina coast," Fishel said.

Although the system is not expected to make landfall, there could be strong rip currents and heavy surf off the North Carolina coast.

SUNDAY TEMPS: Highs in the mid-80s and a low around 60 with a slight chance for showers

WHAT ELSE TO KNOW: WRAL meteorologists are tracking storms in the Atlantic Ocean although they are not expected at this point to threaten North Carolina