WEATHER: A mainly dry first week of school in Charlotte area, NC coast under tropical storm warning

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Dry weather is welcome news for kids at bus stops, but not good news for everyone else needing rain. The only day with organized rainfall pushing through is Thursday as a weak front arrives. Behind that, chances of rain drop to near zero Friday and Labor Day Weekend.

Highs will hover around 90 this week until the front clears. That will drop highs into the 80s for the holiday weekend with slightly lower humidity too. Great timing.

The tropics have suddenly awakened. [Major] Hurricane Gaston remains in the central Atlantic. And two more tropical depressions formed Sunday, both of which could get close to the Carolina coastline this week.

RELATED: NC coast under tropical storm warning; second storm enters Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Depression 8, about 250 miles SE of Cape Hatteras, is forecast to strengthen into a weak tropical storm late today/early Tuesday and get very close to the Outer Banks by Tuesday night. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued from Cape Lookout northward to the Oregon Inlet.

The strongest winds should stay off shore as the storm recurves northeastward, but heavy rain bands, gusty - gale force - winds and rough surf are likely.

Tropical Depression 9 is about 50 NW of Havana, Cuba and the National Hurricane Center is forecasting this storm to arc out into the Gulf of Mexico and curve back into the northern Florida peninsula making landfall west of Gainesville as a strong Tropical Storm Thursday evening.

As it emerges off the east coast of Florida Friday morning near Jacksonville, it is forecast to continue moving northeastward. On it's current forecast trajectory, its path would bypass the Carolina coastline on Saturday to the east, but it is still worth watching for those heading down to the beaches for the holiday.

- Al Conklin

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