Beautiful Holiday Weekend, Watching & Waiting for Elsa

Enjoy the gorgeous weather while it lasts! Tropical Storm Elsa may put a damper on outdoor plans by midweek.

The rain is gone and it’s time to celebrate! Much more comfortable conditions have settled into the Carolinas as dry air rushes in behind the cold front that swept through our area yesterday. While temperatures should actually climb on the backside of the front, humidity levels have plummeted. Expect highs in the upper 70s for the High Country while everyone else gets in on the upper 80s and lower 90s this weekend. The beautiful weather won’t last long, though.

Elsa became our first hurricane of the 2021 season but has weakened back into a tropical storm as of the 2:00 PM update on Saturday. Expect Elsa, currently located just south of Haiti, to continue its trek westward across the Caribbean before turning northward. While it should make landfall somewhere along the Cuban coastline, where it goes next is a bit unclear. Should it turn northward earlier, it may head out to sea with minimal impacts to the WCCB Charlotte viewing area. If it turns later, however, we’ll need to prepare for a wet and windy midweek. Right now, model trends are somewhere in between these two scenarios. More updates to follow.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Cool. Low: 62°. Wind: N 5-10.

Independence Day: Beautiful. Getting warm. High: 90°. Wind: W 5-10.

Sunday Night: A few clouds. Low: 67°. Wind: SW 5-10.

Monday: Humidity returns. Even hotter. High: 95°. Wind: SW 5-10.