Back to school forecast: Cloud coverage, cooler temps

Back to school forecast: Cloud coverage, cooler temps

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The big day is here! The weather for the first day of school looks quite nice. We will likely have a fair amount of cloud cover around, but the by-product of that will be cooler temperatures.

We'll start in the 60s this morning with highs only rebounding to the mid to upper 70s. There is only a 10-20% chance for a late-day shower and that would be mainly along and south of I-85.

We are also looking at a potential tropical system. Right now, it seems to be getting its act together off the South Carolina/Georgia coast. Winds are around 35 mph. It could reach tropical storm status today.

If it does, the name will be Irma. While it doesn't look like a terribly strong storm or like it would have much of an impact on the WBTV viewing area, winds could reach 35-45 mph along the NC/SC coast and there could be 2-4" of rain for our beaches.

Closer to home, lots of clouds here and a few showers tonight and early Tuesday before some sunshine returns for Tuesday afternoon.  Highs again likely to be in the cool 70s.

For the rest of the local forecast, we will remain below average for much of the week. Highs return to the low 80s on Wednesday and stay there for the duration of the week.

Rain chances look to be in the 30-40% range starting Thursday. A lot will depend on if Harvey finally begins to move and throws moisture our way. That could change things up by the end of the week. We'll keep you posted on any developments.

Make it a great week and a great school year!

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

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