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Morganton-Lenoir Airport , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Monday, July 13, 2020 at 1:03PM

The Classic Summertime Treatment

This week features prototypical July summertime weather around western North Carolina. Expect lots of sunshine through the period. Mostly dry weather will prevail through midweek. Thereafter, there will be a gradual ramp-up in afternoon showers and thunderstorms going into next weekend. Temperatures consistently run around 5-degrees warmer than normal. If you like summertime weather, this week is definitely for you.

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Monday

Hi: 88 Lo: 65

Mostly sunny; An isolated daytime shower or thunderstorm; Light north wind
Tuesday

Hi: 90 Lo: 66

Abundant sunshine; Rather hot; Light north wind
Wednesday

Hi: 91 Lo: 68

Mostly sunny & hot; Light ENE wind
Thursday

Hi: 91 Lo: 68

Mostly sunny & hot; Stray late-day thundershower
Friday

Hi: 90 Lo: 68

Lots of sunshine & rather hot; Hit-or-miss PM shower or thundershower

Further Out

Saturday - Sunshine with more late-day cloud build-ups; Scattered PM showers & thunderstorms; More humid; High in the upper 80s; Low in the upper 60s
Sunday - A good deal of sunshine; Scattered PM showers & thunderstorms; High in the upper 80s; Low in the upper 60s

Forecast Discussion

A weak cold front is slipping east of the area today. We’ll hold onto small shower and thundershower chances until early evening. Thereafter, an expansive upper level ridge of high pressure will build across the southern tier of the United States.

The building summertime ridge will promote generally dry conditions and mostly clear skies through midweek. Above-normal temperatures are here to stay for awhile, however, it won’t be anything out of character for the middle of July.

As the ridge takes on more of a Bermuda High orientation later in the week and into next week, increasing humidity levels, thanks to moisture inputs from the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, will allow for more of those typical afternoon showers and thunderstorms as we move through Friday and next weekend.

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