Forecast: Thumbs up for cookouts, small chance of storms

Posted May 27, 2012 10:53 a.m. EDT
Updated May 27, 2012 10:56 a.m. EDT

— Weather won't keep North Carolinians from enjoying their outdoor activities this Memorial Day weekend, but they should be prepared for a strong storm just in case, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.

"There's a good chance that most outdoor activities are going to get by just fine," Moss said. "We do have more of a chance Sunday of some isolated to widely scattered showers or storms popping up and maybe a slightly higher chance of that as we go through Memorial Day, but still on a hit-and-miss basis."

Both Sunday and Monday will see highs in the mid to upper 80s and mostly cloudy skies alternating with partly sunny ones.

Afternoon and evening storms could strike on either day. The storm chances are greatest on Monday, rising to between 20 and 35 percent during the afternoon.

"They'll be few and far between, but where they do form, there could be a lot of lightning or locally heavy rain," Moss said.

Moss' bottom line for Memorial Day weekend:

"Don't cancel any plans outdoors. Just have that possible shower or storm in the back of your mind."

The weather will get more stormy in the middle of the week when subtropical storm Beryl comes by.

The storm's forecast track "will take it across southeastern North Carolina, maybe just offshore or just inshore a little, and it could bring some rain that's fairly heavy to parts of the state Tuesday night into early Wednesday," Moss said.

Storms with heavy rain could come inland as far as the Triangle, particularly on Wednesday morning.

Thursday will bring a break from storm chances, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 80s. A new weather system, though, could brew up some more scattered storms next weekend.