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Hickory , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5:52PM

Much Warmer Weekend

Yesterday's front resides along the NC coast today with high pressure moving in from the north. The set up is for a rather nice stretch of weather through the weekend. A warming southwest wind kicks in Saturday bringing a return to more usual summer fare in the temperature department. A second front starts knocking on the door Sunday with isolated thunderstorms back in play late Sunday afternoon and evening. The front kicks on through Monday with widely scattered daytime showers and storms. There are a lot of hit and misses during those two days and chances are many folks don't see too much rain. Cooler air arrives thereafter, not bad!

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Hi: 84 Lo: 67

Partly sunny; A nice Friday; Light wind

Hi: 91 Lo: 72

Lots of sunshine; Heating up; SW wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 92 Lo: 72

Partly cloudy; Rather hot; Isolated late day t-storms; SW wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 90 Lo: 65

Partly cloudy; Widely scattered daytime showers and t-storms

Hi: 80 Lo: 61

Lots of sunshine; Pleasant for late July

Further Out

Wednesday - Sunshine; Unseasonably pleasant; High near 80 degrees; Low in the lower 60s
Thursday - Mostly cloudy; Cooler; Scattered light rain showers; High in the mid 70s; Low near 60 degrees

Forecast Discussion

It has been a week in the making, finally an atmospheric cleansing as yesterday's cool front has stalled far enough away (NC coast back to Louisiana) for us to dry out for a couple of days. The exception to the rule is this afternoon, most everyone stays dry, but enough low level moisture hangs on for isolated showers to develop along the Blue Ridge escarpment.

A warming southwest wind takes over Saturday and the stalled front rockets north as a warm front. The surge of warmer air is not overly impressive, but it makes for the warmest couple of days we've seen in almost two weeks.

Isolated showers and storms enter the picture late Sunday with the combination of an approaching cold front and waves of energy moving southeast from the Ohio Valley. Stronger storms and heavier rain straddle the mountains just to our west and further north into the Virginia's. Monday's front passes without too much fanfare in terms of showers and storms, widely scattered coverage.

Beyond Monday's frontal passage we receive another significant cool down for the third time this month. The middle of the week looks exceptionally nice...but there is payback. By Thursday we transition to a wedgy cool, damp, and gray period that continues into the weekend.


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