Emily likely to have little impact on NC

Posted August 5, 2011 6:08 a.m. EDT
Updated August 5, 2011 10:23 a.m. EDT

— Rain is possible in some parts of the state this weekend, but a tropical system that's been brewing in the Caribbean likely won't be an issue for North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded Tropical Storm Emily to a tropical depression after the storm weakened Thursday as it drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

There is a chance that the storm could strengthen as it moves farther north, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said, but "at this point, we're not too concerned about its impact on North Carolina."

A chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible Friday afternoon, but the chance is greater for thunderstorms on Saturday.

"I think almost everyone should get some rain for tomorrow, so keep that in mind when planning for your weekend," Gardner said.

Friday's high is expected to reach 93 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and temperatures elsewhere will be in the low to mid-90s and stay that way this weekend.

Temperatures will climb back into the upper 90s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

"There's not a huge cool-down in our seven-day forecast," Gardner said. "It will stay hot, but there are no triple digits in that forecast, as of now."