Memorial Day Weekend Heat Wave...

Good Wednesday afternoon to everyone, we hope you are having a great day!


Low clouds today has resulted in cooler weather across the Western Carolinas. However, things will quickly change again, just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend.


Your Thursday weather will feature a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be on Friday where high pressure throughout the atmosphere will take hold across the Southeast US and in late May that is the recipe for heat!


Ensemble guidance indicates that high pressure sets up aloft this weekend and will continue through the Memorial Day Weekend and toward the 1st of June...



The warmest temperatures will begin on Sunday and last through Tuesday of next weekend before a slight moderation of temps and increased storm chances try to kick back in...


The surface map for Monday shows a worst-case scenario as a surface high across the Florida Panhandle will direct northwest winds into the Carolinas. Northwest winds is a downsloping flow that can heat the dry out the airmass even more along the immediate eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge.





Interesting enough, model ensemble guidance has dropped off a degree or two compared to a couple days ago. That may be a model error or bias showing up. Confidence is pretty high at this point for the first 90-degree temperatures of the season for everyone and mid 90's especially in Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln and lower sections of Rutherford County starting Sunday through the mid-week timeframe next week.





WIth this being Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start of the summer season, a lot of people may be outdoors. It is always important to take care of yourself and others physically during the summer heat. Here are a couple important graphics to help educate you about the dangers of hot summer weather...


Stay safe and have fun this weekend!










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