Sunday wetter, but chance for shower begins Saturday

May 4, 2019

For a fifth straight week, showers marred a Friday in the Triangle. None of the rainfall seen Friday was severe, but the chance for both showers and thunderstorms returns on both days of the coming weekend.

First comes a bit of moisture feeding in from a tropical wave off the east coast. WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said that wave has little chance of developing into anything more significant, and the sky should stay dry through the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday morning, and there is only a 30 percent chance for rain all day.

“Some morning clouds and fog are possible,” Gardner said.

The afternoon will be warm – a high temperature in the upper 80s – and very humid. Those conditions could spark thunderstorms as afternoon turns to evening.

“There is a slim chance that a shower or a storm could form on an isolated basis during the daylight hours,” said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. The greater chance for storms comes late Saturday evening.

“We are going to watch for some strong to severe storms to push into the area from the west Saturday evening and overnight. Some of the storms could have damaging wind gusts and hail,” Maze said.

That system gets pushed out on Sunday by a cold front arriving from the west. Rain chances increase to 70 percent on Sunday, and temperatures will be about 10 degrees cooler, topping out only in the 70s.

Next week looks mostly sunny, with some clouds and temperatures hovering around 80 degrees.