Hot & Humid Stretch Continues

While storms will be isolated at best through the weekend, rain chances reach a crescendo on Monday.

It’s been a smoking-hot July so far and sizzling temperatures are showing no signs of stopping as we head into the final seven days of the month. While isolated storms may provide a temporary respite from the stifling heat, temperatures will nevertheless persist into the 80s and 90s for the remainder of the weekend. Expect mainly sunny skies outside of storms for the next 48 hours, as well. While rain chances increase heading into the workweek, don’t expect any lasting relief anytime soon.

A frontal system will sag southward into the Carolinas by Monday evening, bringing scattered-to-widespread rain chances through Tuesday evening. While most communities won’t see a wash, we can largely expect .5-1.5″ across the board through midweek. Instead of cooler conditions arriving on the backside of the passing system, we’ll be greeted by even more oppressive heat. Expect highs to approach the mid-to-upper 90s in the Piedmont both Wednesday and Thursday returning to near-normal values by next weekend.

Furthermore, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is watching an area of low pressure over the open Atlantic near the Georgia-Florida border. While it doesn’t appear that this storm will directly impact the WCCB Charlotte viewing area for now, it warrants watching into early next week. The system has a 60% chance of developing into Tropical Storm Fred over the next two days, per the NHC. Rip currents on the Carolina coast will be likely over the next few days.

Tonight: Scattered storms early, then some clearing. Low: 72°. Wind: S 5-10.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. A stray storm is possible. High: 92°. Wind: SW 5-10.

Sunday Night: A stray storm early, then mainly dry. Low: 72°. Wind: SW 5-10.

Monday: AM mostly sunny. PM scattered storms. High: 92°. Wind: SW 5-10.