CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Tropical Storm Michael – still packing winds of 65 mph Friday morning – is up off the Jersey shore, rocketing off toward the northeast at about 30 mph. In Michael’s wake, much cooler and much drier air has settled in to the Carolinas and will stick around through the weekend.
At the surface, high pressure is in charge – for now – and after the coolest morning in more than six months, we’ll enjoy plenty of sunshine today with afternoon readings in the lower 70s.
Clear skies and dry conditions will prevail if you’re headed out this evening, but a moisture-starved upper-level disturbance will slide by to our north overnight and so a few clouds will filter across the region early on Saturday. Even with the clouds, overnight lows will be quite cool again, with mid to upper 40s in outlying areas and lower 50s common around the Charlotte metro area.
After the morning clouds clear, a good deal of sunshine is expected for the balance of our Saturday with afternoon readings running near 70°, which is just a little cooler than normal for this time of the year.
As for Sunday, a mix of clouds and sun are expected with afternoon readings in the cool 60s.
Beyond, a system approaching the region from the southwest will throw more clouds our way Monday followed by a thundershower chance by Tuesday. Both Monday and Tuesday look to be warmer with high temperatures rebounding into the mid 70s.
Have a great Friday & weekend!
Meteorologist Al Conklin