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Sparta , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 7:14AM

Plenty of Sun and Heat

If you were one of the fortunate few who experienced a cooling shower yesterday consider yourself lucky. The next scheduled rain opportunity isn't until late this week. Between now and then each day looks and feels about the same with afternoon cloud build-ups and plenty of heat. In essence however, it's generally great weather to be outside if you don't mind the heat and there won't be any interruptions to outdoor festivities. Enjoy!

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Hi: 83 Lo: 63

Mostly sunny; Warm; Refreshing NW wind wind 10-20 mph

Hi: 82 Lo: 63

Lots of sunshine; Warm for Memorial Day; Refreshing NW wind 10-20 mph

Hi: 84 Lo: 63

Afternoon cloud build-ups; Dry & quite warm; West wind 5-15 mph

Hi: 83 Lo: 62

Mix of sun and clouds; Warm

Hi: 81 Lo: 59

Afternoon clouds; Isolated afternoon showers & t-showers

Further Out

Friday - Partly sunny; Isolated daytime showers & t-showers; A notch less warm; High in the upper 70s; Low in the upper 50s
Saturday - Lots of sunshine; Splendid; High in the upper 70s; Low in the mid 50s

Forecast Discussion

If you look at the trail of severe weather reports from yesterday it arches from southwest Texas through the Midwest and up to New York State. There's not much south of that line except into northern Virginia. That simple observation signifies the periphery of an upper level heat ridge which is producing a bona fide heat wave over the Deep South and Southeast. It also signifies the location of a stationary boundary along the northern fringe of the ridge indicating where most of the nation's storminess is located.

The upper ridge blocks frontal passages and does not begin to breakdown until Wednesday. So between now and then it's excessively warm and dry. Fortunately it's not oppressively humid so the heat doesn't feel as bad as it could.

A front approaches Thursday and moves through Friday introducing isolated thundershowers both days. Hopefully we can up the ante in the shower department, but as it stands now there's not a lot of maritime air in place ahead of the front which would aid in better coverage. It will at least cooldown for a couple of days behind the frontal passage.


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