Cloudy Friday to be followed by hot, dry weekend

Posted September 12, 2008 5:32 a.m. EDT
Updated September 12, 2008 10:14 a.m. EDT

— Clouds will stick around for one more day and help drive a chance of afternoon storms Friday, but the weekend should dawn hot and dry.

A fog advisory covered the northwest Piedmont early Friday but was not causing a problem in the Triangle.

"We have some fine start here, just some clouds and fog in spots, not a big deal like it was yesterday," WRAL Meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Low-level moisture will stay in place throughout the day, keeping things humid. When the sun peeks through the clouds for a few moments, that will heat things up – and spark the chance for showers and thunderstorms in the late afternoon.

Any rainfall will be scattered but could be intense, causing localized flooding. A flood warning covers the Lumber River in Robeson County through at least late Friday.

However, the weekend promises more sun – and higher temperatures, getting up into the low 90s.

High levels of humidity will stick around, but a ridge of high pressure will dry out the area and keep skies at least partly sunny.

That high pressure could ruin chances of a cool down early next week. On Friday morning, 70s appeared at the end of the seven-day forecast, but Maze warned those could soon be replaced by predictions of temperatures in the 90s.

The ridge of high pressure "will act like a brick wall, not allowing cooler air in," Maze said. "The cooling you see in the seven-day may not come to fruition. ... (But) I would like some more conclusive data before I change it."

The remnants of Hurricane Ike likely not make an appearance in North Carolina, but track farther north into the Ohio River valley.

"A ridge of high pressure will keep that away from us," Maze said.