CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - If you're already making outdoor plans for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, then you've surely got an eye on the weather map.
Let's work our way toward the holiday step by step.
High pressure will build in to the WBTV area Wednesday, knocking the uncomfortable humidity of late back down to reasonable levels. Still, plenty of sunshine is expected Wednesday, and with that, a continuation of above-average afternoon temperatures in the middle 80s.
A weak front passing us by to the north Thursday will prompt a small shower chance, mainly early in the day. Otherwise, we'll cool a bit more on Thursday to the lower 80s under partly sunny skies.
If Friday is your getaway day, you've picked a good one! High pressure up over New York will ridge down, providing decent humidity levels and plenty of sunshine with a seasonal high near 80°.
As that high builds offshore Saturday, the humidity level will start to uptick. Afternoon readings are expected to stay close to 80° and the chance for rain remains quite low.
A typical "Bermuda High" becomes established deeper into the holiday week (see Monday's weather map) and that means a couple of things for the Carolinas. First, the humidity level will get increasingly higher Sunday into Monday and that will create a healthy cumulus cloud deck mixing in with plentiful sunshine. Along with higher humidity, temperatures – both at night and during the afternoon – will jump as well. Under partly sunny skies, Sunday will likely top out in the middle 80s and upper 80s seem likely on Memorial Day. Lows at night will be well into the 60s for the second part of the weekend.
As for rain, at this point, there do not appear to be any serious triggers for thunderstorms, but often times with the higher heat and moisture content, it does not take much for something to pop. So, if you're planning a cookout for Sunday or Monday, you may want to keep an eye on the forecast and make sure you have your free WBTV Weather app downloaded on to your phone.
If your plans are to travel beyond the WBTV viewing area, to the beach, mountains or anywhere in the United States, we're here to help! From 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Meteorologist Chris Larson will join me to provide "Personalized Travel Forecasts" for our viewers. If you can't make that time slot, Meteorologists Eric Thomas and Lyndsay Tapases will provide a second opportunity from 2 to 3 p.m.
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Whatever your plans may be, I hope you and your family enjoy a safe Memorial Day weekend!