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Raleigh, N.C. — Expect a cloudy, muggy Saturday with warm temperatures. Scattered thunderstorms are still sticking with us and flooding is still possible across the Triangle and in the state.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for central North Carolina. That means there is a possibility for isolated, severe thunderstorms with large hail and damaging wind gusts Saturday afternoon.
Saturday evening a cold front will gradually work its way into the state and sunny skies will start to show.
Sunday is going to feel a lot nicer — it won’t be as humid and temperatures will be from 67 degrees to 75 degrees. As the week goes on, the nice weather will be here to stay. On Wednesday, temperatures will be as high as 89 degrees. And on Thursday we might even see temperatures hit 90 degrees.
We’ve seen so far two named-tropical systems in the Atlantic, which came earlier than the start of tropical hurricane season. Right now, another system is brewing in the Atlantic and has a 60% chance for development over the next 2 to 5 days.
WRAL’s Peta Sheerwood said that we’re likely to see this system develop into a subtropical storm. The system will likely move north, but it can still impact the currents on the coast.
Right now, there’s a moderate rip current risk on the coast and that could increase as the system moves closer to land.
Some of the Triangle is under a level 1 risk for severe weather. That threat will continue into most of the day, especially for many areas east of Raleigh.
“The most likely timing of storms will start to pop up (Saturday) around lunchtime into the afternoon hours,” Campbell said. “Then we’ll gradually start to dry out as we head to (Saturday) evening and (Saturday) night.
Temps will also be in the 80s at the beaches, where a moderate rip current warning for the coast is in effect. Conditions there could worsen Saturday, depending on what storms pop up.
Sunday will be cooler and drier after a cold front passes, leaving highs in the mid- to upper 70s, and the new work week will start unusually mild as well. The Triangle hasn’t yet seen a 90-degree day this year, which is rare for late May and early June. That could happen by Wednesday or Thursday as temperatures are expected to rise dramatically before another round of rain will drop the temps again.