Temperatures are expected to peak close to normal today under mostly sunny skies as high pressure begins to build across the Carolinas. After a stretch of below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation this past week, it may be a pleasant change to see conditions settle to where we normally see them for the beginning of August.
Unfortunately, these conditions will be short lived as a cold front arriving late Thursday is expected to bring on a cooler and wetter pattern which will last into the weekend and beyond.
We will see high pressure remain in control through the mid-week, allowing highs to peak around normal for this time of year. For the first week of August, we normally see temperatures around 90 degrees in the Upstate and in the mid-80s across the Mountains.
Thursday will see a cold front approach from the North. This will bring the return of rain chances for the later portion of the day as well as set up a cooling pattern for the end of the week.
Friday will see temperatures fall short of normal by about 5 degrees and only peak in the mid-80s in the Upstate and upper 70s across Western North Carolina.
Mostly Cloudy skies will bring rain showers and thunderstorms, as a series of low pressure systems get set to skirt south of the Carolinas. This pattern will likely continue through the weekend into the start of the following week, with lingering showers sticking around for Monday.
The Climate Prediction Center has put a six to 10 day outlook which places the Carolinas in an area likely to see both below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation in the extended forecast.
With the changes we are seeing in the seven-day forecast, this is looking to be a possibility. After this brief blast of summer like conditions, fall like temperatures will return to the Upstate and Mountains by weeks end.