Heat Hovers Over Weekend, Eyeing Isaías Intently

The hot streak will likely continue into the weekend, but cooler air may settle in with the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaías early next week.

The classic summertime pattern continues through the week and into the weekend, with highs hovering around 90º over the next four days to go along with pop-up showers and storms during the afternoon and evening hours. Mainly sunny skies should persist through much of the next few days outside of the storms, which should allow the 90º streak to continue, assuming we do clear the hurdle today. As of this writing, Charlotte has topped out at 88º, which would put an end to the 20-day streak. Rain chances significantly increase as we look ahead into next week, and highs may fall into the 80s with the approach of Tropical Storm Isaías.

Tropical Storm Isaías became a named storm late last night, shortly before making landfall over Hispaniola in the northern Caribbean with core winds peaking at 60 mph. There is still a decent bit of uncertainty with the path, but most models keep the impressive storm within 100 miles of the Carolina coast early next week. Even though direct impacts from Isaías here in the western Carolinas are unlikely, a shift of only a few dozen miles in the path could have drastic impacts on our forecast. For now, expect a cloudy and breezy Monday and Tuesday as Isaías approaches with increased chances for showers and storms in those 48 hours.

Tonight: Mild and muggy. Isolated storm chance early. Low: 74°. Wind: SW 5-10.

Friday: Mainly sunny. Breezy with a few stray storms. High: 94°. Wind: SW 10-15.

Friday Night: Mainly clear. A stray storm is possible. Low: 74°. Wind: Light.

Saturday: Variable clouds. PM isolated storms. High: 94°. Wind: SW 5-10.