Good Wednesday to everyone across the Foothills and Western Piedmont. A dry weather pattern continues across the Western Carolinas and the rest of the Interior Southeast US for here in the short term.
The region should see plenty of sunshine for your hump-day with temperatures getting up into the upper 70’s on average. There will be a few afternoon puffy clouds but nothing to worry about. The fair weather continues for tonight and again on Thursday with a few low 80’s starting to appear on the weather map.
Once we get to Friday and the upcoming weekend some changes in the weather pattern look to be in store for the southeast. Strong ridging that has been in place for the past several days begins to break down, also a fairly strong trough and upper low in the middle part of the country will advance east. This will allow southerly flow to develop aloft and southeast flow at the surface.
The net result for Friday and Saturday are warmer temperatures and slightly increasing humidity levels, making it once again feel like late summer rather than early autumn. High’s on both afternoons will be in the lower to mid 80’s with partly cloudy skies. Night time temperatures will hover in the upper 50’s.
One of the big wild cards for the second half of the weekend involves some potential tropical activity in the Northwest Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. First off a weak surface low, likely non-tropical will be situated along the Northern Gulf Coast Region on Sunday with a stronger, tropical system possibly sitting in the Southern Gulf of Mexico at the same time.
The National Hurricane Center has placed the Gulf in high risk of tropical development through the end of the weekend, an invest 90L has also been designated for some disturbed weather in the Caribbean. Hurricane models are now running on this feature and they along with the global model suite suggests a gradual northward movement through the weekend.
As far as the impacts on the Southeast, its way to early to detail anything…but trends are leaning toward some moisture increasing across the region by Sunday as the Midwest trough and ridging off the East Coast will begin to pull up whatever may form.
We have put rain chances in the forecast for Sunday and Monday of next week…that is still a highly variable forecast at this time. Stay with us as we get closer to the weekend.
The region has been dry over the past three weeks or so…the last significant rainfall came back in early September with the remnants of Irma.
Have a great day!
Foothills Weather Network