Hot & Humid, Elsa Draws Closer

Tropical Storm Elsa has just made landfall in Cuba. The US is next on its list.

After a gorgeous 4th of July weekend, it’s back to business as usual for the start of the workweek. Highs return to the 80s and 90s this Monday and Tuesday as humidity levels rise once again. Despite the increased moisture, rain chances largely remain minimal across the WCCB Charlotte viewing area over the next 48 hours. That, however, will likely change as Elsa moves within two days of landfall upon the western Florida coastline.

Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall in Cuba Monday afternoon, and the US is next on its list. The system should make another landfall in Florida by Wednesday morning before continuing its trek northward towards the Carolinas. While profound impacts are not expected, scattered gusty showers and storms are possible starting Wednesday night through early Friday morning. It’s looking like Elsa should stay to our east, meaning we’ll likely be spared the worst of the storm. That said, we’ll have to keep an eye on our eastern counties for localized heavy downpours and a low risk of a spin-up tornado. Elsa should largely clear the Carolinas by Friday morning, but a weak cold front moves in behind the storm, which could bump up rain chances again into next weekend.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Mild. Low: 68°. Wind: S 5-10.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Stray mountain showers. High: 93°. Wind: SW 5-15.

Tuesday Night: Variable clouds. Low: 68°. Wind: SW 5-10.

Wednesday: Clouds build. Showers and storms late. High: 88°. Wind: SW 5-10.