Good Thursday everyone!
Another beautiful day in store for Western North Carolina. Highs for Thursday will top out in the low to mid 80's.
A few widely scattered thunderstorms may develop over the Eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge. Cloud to ground lightning will be the primary concern for any storm that does develop. Gusty winds and possibly some small hail can't be ruled out.
The weekend looks fantastic! Summer like conditions will persist Friday - Sunday. Mostly sunny skies each day, with temperatures climbing into the mid 80's. If you are going to be outside, you might want to have some bottled water and sunscreen around.
As we look into next week. Summer like weather will continue. We are watching a trough that looks to develop over the middle part of the country. That should allow for a more southwesterly flow over the area.. That will increase the heat and humidity as we could push into the 90's by middle part of next week. That will also allow for the chance of a few thunderstorms.
Hurricane Maria is 95 miles NNW of Dominican Republic. Maria's pressure has lowered a bit to and winds have increased as it moves into the warmer waters. The Official Track continues to keep Maria well off the Carolina Coastline. We will have to see how the models continue to evolve as the track after the weekend isn't sure.
Tropical Storm Jose continues to slowly weaken of the Northeast coast. Currently Jose is located about 150 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Jose continues to generate waves along the east coast, with the risk of rip currents. Jose will slowly weaken and is expected to become Subtropical by the weekend. The remnants of Jose may have an affect on Maria and where Maria may wind up going.
Have a great day!