Raleigh, N.C. — While all weather eyes are on Hurricane Michael and the chance for flooding across an already-saturated area of eastern North Carolina, weather relief will follow in the form of more fall-like temperatures for the weekend.
“Later this week, in addition to the passage of Michael, we’ll have a cold front swing through from the west at almost the same time. The result should be a stretch of much more autumnal weather,” WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.
The Triangle will see thunderstorms and rain, some of it heavy, as Michael makes a brisk march across the Tar Heel State on Thursday. On that day, the high temperature will only reach about 80 degrees in Raleigh.
That rain and the chance for flash floods will come amid Warm air with very humid dew points, Moss said, but that gives way to much drier air by Friday afternoon and Saturday.
Friday will be mostly sunny, cool – the forecast high is 73 degrees – and less humid, but still quite windy.
“We could see wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph during the morning to midday hours Friday,” Moss said. “Depending on the forward speed of Michael, we could start the day with some lingering areas of rain, mainly east of the Triangle.”
Skies will be clear through the weekend, and temperatures may not top 70 degrees on Saturday.
“Welcome to an autumn feel for a change, something that has been well overdue,” Moss said of Saturday.
Temperatures creep up for a brief warm and humid start to next week, but that should quickly give way to another cool air mass that would bring some highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s, he said.
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