One more unseasonably hot day before fall cold front arrives

Skies will quickly clear tonight and temperatures will fall off into the 50s overnight (40s north of Interstate 40).
Skies will quickly clear tonight and temperatures will fall off into the 50s overnight (40s north of Interstate 40).
Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 7:30 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Fall arrives today, but not until 9:04 p.m. That it arrives so late in the day seems appropriate, as we’ll have yet again another hot afternoon above 90 degrees everywhere east of the mountains.

  • One more unseasonably hot day!
  • Small rain risk late today and late Sunday
  • Long-range First Alert late next week

As for the details, today will start with sunshine, but more clouds and a gusty breeze will dominate the afternoon with just a small shower chance as a major front drifts across the WBTV viewing area.

Skies will quickly clear tonight and temperatures will fall off into the 50s overnight (40s north of Interstate 40).

Behind the front, there will be plenty of sunshine to go around for Friday and Saturday. Afternoon readings will knock back to the middle 70s Friday and upper 70s on Saturday before inching back up into the low to mid-80s on Sunday. Nighttime lows will be in the cool 40s and 50s Friday night.

Tropical Update: Hurricane Fiona is still a category 4 hurricane early this morning but is forecast to weaken slightly as it reaches the colder water of the central and north Atlantic today. Before it does, Fiona will swing by just west of Bermuda tonight and early Friday as a category 3 major hurricane and then make a direct hit, with hurricane conditions, on the Canadian Maritimes Friday night and Saturday.

Fiona will remain well offshore of the U.S. East Coast. However, there will be large swells, rough surf and strong rip currents along the Carolina beaches through the end of the week. Beachgoers will need to pay close attention to local warnings. Swimmers are urged to swim only at beaches protected by lifeguards.

A weak and disorganized tropical wave drifting slowly west along the coast of Venezuela this morning will only very slowly organize as it slides across the Caribbean Sea over the weekend. However, there may be explosive development to the wave early next week in the Gulf of Mexico and some model data suggest a strong hurricane may form. There is very low confidence in where any potential storm might wind up in time, but some model guidance also suggests whatever does form could potentially bring us rain next Friday and Saturday, so a very early First Alert has been posted. Stay tuned for further updates, as this forecast is highly subject to adjustments.

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Hope you have a great day!

Chief Meteorologist Al Conklin