WEATHER: Tropical Depression 9 to near NC coast

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Today's weather holds more sunshine and more heat for us, but not terribly high humidity. There will be an up tick in shower activity over the mountains today, but remaining widely scattered outside of the high country. Highs around 90 again for most neighborhoods east of the mountains..

A weak front arrives Thursday and that will bring our best chance for showers and storms this week, and our last day of this stretch of 90 degree weather.  Storms will be most likely late afternoon through the early evening hours.

By Friday, afternoon readings will drop back to the mid 80s with at most a parting shower.  By then, high pressure will take over and bring near perfect weather through the entire Labor Day weekend. Highs will be in the low to mid 80s with overnight lows in the low 60s in town, 50s across the countryside.

Tropical Depression 8 is about 80 miles east of Cape Hatteras and will have less influence on the weather along the Outer Banks today as it turns back out to sea. The Tropical Storm Warnings have been discontinued along the coast.

Tropical Depression 9 is moving northward slowly into the central Gulf of Mexico and is expected to strengthen over the next couple of days.  A Hurricane Watch has already been posted for the NW Gulf Coast of Florida. As it emerges off the Georgia coast early Friday, it is forecast to continue moving northeastward. On the current forecast trajectory, the path will bring it very near both Carolina coastlines throughout the day Friday.  The current intensity forecast has it just below Category 1 hurricane strength.  Anyone arriving on the beaches early for Labor Day Weekend should pay very close attention to the progress of this storm system.

- Al Conklin

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