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FIRST ALERT: Light rain breaking up, but could persist in spots overnight

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7 p.m.

After a day of consistent light rain, we've started to see some breaks develop during the evening hours, but additional periods of light rain or showers can't be completely ruled out through the remainder of the night through the pre-dawn hours Friday. In the saturated environment, temperatures won't move much. They never made it out of the 70s all day and they'll hold in the low 70s overnight.

Beyond, Friday brings drier and hotter conditions before a front moves in for Saturday. The remnants of Cindy will bypass the Carolinas to the Northwest, but with the front itself moving through we'll still see some scattered showers and storms, moving first into the mountains late Friday night into Saturday morning, and then some redevelopment in the Piedmont and Upstate Saturday afternoon.

Following the frontal passage, Sunday brings a drier afternoon with highs returning to the mid 80s, and a huge drop in humidity will follow for next week. With the dry conditions expect pleasant afternoons with highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 50s Monday-Wednesday.

- Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases

2 p.m. 

Many of us have seen the occasional rain on and off for most of the daytime hours Thursday. Although there will be lulls from time to time Thursday evening, periods of light rain will be possible all the way through the night.

For most of us, the rain has not been terribly heavy, with amounts generally holding under .25". Although there may be pockets of steadier rain at times, this lighter intensity will for the most part hold up through the duration of Thursday night.

Even though we aren't expecting widespread heavy rain, it will still be a nuisance for many during the evening commute with damp roads and spray. The areas of rain pull away overnight, so by daybreak Friday, we'll likely still have clouds and wet roads, but rain should be done falling by then.

 - Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases 

11 a.m. 

Tropical Storm Cindy – the third named storm of this hurricane season – made landfall along the Louisiana coast early Thursday morning spreading flooding rain and severe weather across the Gulf coast region.

As the storm slowly pulls north up through the Mississippi River Valley today, the threat of flash floods and severe storms will shift northward into the Mid-South tonight.

The storm was later downgraded to a tropical depression.

As for the WBTV viewing area, we’re on the periphery of Cindy’s influence and so our rain today is only indirectly related to the storm.  In fact, with plenty of cloud cover in place, severe weather here seems highly unlikely today, though rain will continue to be an issue.  Wet streets could impact the afternoon commute for some and so, a First Alert Day has been declared.

With clouds and rain dominating, yet again, afternoon readings in the Charlotte area will be held well below the norm – upper 80s – for late June.

Rain chances will hold tonight as well, with muggy readings only falling back to near 70° Friday morning.

As for the rest of Friday, the sub-tropical high pressure cell that’s been parked off the Carolina coast of late will reassert itself, promoting a change to drier and hotter weather.  Rain chances Friday look to be very low – maybe 20% - through the daylight hours under partly sunny skies.  Afternoon reading will jump back to the upper 80s to near 90° Friday in advance of a front that will spread rain back across the WBTV viewing area Friday night.

In fact, the remnants of Cindy will get absorbed by this next front and so some of our rain Friday night and early Saturday will again – indirectly - come from the decaying tropical system as it rides the front from Tennessee up into Virginia Saturday morning.

Saturday will be hot and humid again with afternoon readings close to 90° in Charlotte, but as we move into next week, another change takes place behind the front. Pleasant high pressure will build in, promoting plenty of sunshine, very low rain chances and cooler readings - both by day and at night - along with lower humidity. 

Not exactly “last week of June” type weather for the Charlotte area.

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

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