WEATHER: Cold front expected Thursday to bring lower temps, possible rain

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Very little rain expected through Wednesday while we await a weak cold front on Thursday.  Highs will be around 90° through then with lows around 70°.

Thursday's front is our best chance, if not our only chance of rain this week. And we need it, as we are quickly approaching 7" below average for rainfall this year.

Behind the front, we clear out nicely and highs will scale back to the mid 80s with more comfortable humidity levels and near zero rain chances.  Nice way to "unofficially" wrap up summer.

Two Tropical Depressions continue to threaten the SE US and both are teetering on becoming Tropical Storms (Hermine and Ian).

Tropical Depression 8 is about 100 miles SE of Cape Hatteras, and forecast to strengthen into a weak tropical storm today and get very close to the Outer Banks tonight before turning back out to sea.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from Cape Lookout northward to the Oregon Inlet. The strongest winds should stay off shore as the storm curves northeastward. Heavy rain bands, gusty - gale force - winds and rough surf are likely.

Tropical Depression 9 is about 300 miles west of Key West, FL 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 as a strong Tropical Storm Thursday afternoon.

As it emerges off the east coast of Florida Thursday night, it is forecast to continue moving northeastward. On the current forecast trajectory, the path would bypass the Carolina coastline to the east Friday and Saturday - but it may be strong enough, and close enough to stir up rough, if not dangerous surf for those heading to the beaches during the early part of Labor Day Weekend.

- Al Conklin

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