First Alert Weather Days issued for rainy Memorial Day weekend

The forecast goes downhill at the start of the holiday weekend.
Saturday and Sunday are now First Alert Weather Days.
Published: May. 24, 2023 at 5:28 AM EDT|Updated: May. 24, 2023 at 1:31 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Dry high pressure nosing in from the north will be battling gathering storminess to our south over the next few days, with dry weather continuing to win the battle here.

  • Rest of week: Dry, comfortable weather holds
  • Saturday and Sunday: First Alert Weather Days
  • Memorial Day: Lingering thunderstorm risk

We’re forecasting lots of sunshine over the next couple of days with very low rain chances, comfortable humidity levels and afternoon readings in the upper 70s today before inching closer to 80 degrees on Thursday. There’ll be a bit of a breeze both days as well.

Friday is likely still dry, but there may be a bit more cloud cover around and there could be a few showers Friday night. Highs Friday will run in the low to middle 70s.

The forecast goes downhill at the start of the holiday weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday are now First Alert Weather Days, as low pressure stewing off the southeast coast is forecast to drift inland and across the Carolinas this weekend. As it does, it will bring off-and-on rain, gusty breezes and cool temperatures our way both Saturday and Sunday.

Obviously, a forecast this far out will be fine-tuned over time, so I urge you to keep outdoor plans loose going into the weekend and check back with us often, but it is probably best to start thinking about backup plans.

Highs will probably run in the cool 60s Saturday with a rebound back into the lower 70s expected Sunday. There still might be some thundershowers around on Memorial Day as well, with highs forecast to be in the middle 70s.

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Hope you have a great hump day!

Chief Meteorologist Al Conklin