Raleigh, N.C. — Potential tropical cyclone three has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to develop into the third named storm of nascent hurricane season.
The system had maximum sustained winds of 30 mph and was moving north at 9 mph at 5 p.m. Thursday on a path that could take it over Louisiana Saturday and across the southeast and into the mountains of western North Carolina by the end of the coming weekend.
Any impact in the Triangle would not come until Sunday or Monday, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.
Heat returns Friday; Saturday could be the hottest day yet
Ahead of any rain, the heat returns for Friday and Saturday, and Saturday could be the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures pushing into the mid-90s.
“Temperatures are going to soar the next few afternoons,” WRAL meteorologist Zach Maloch said. “Yesterday we had highs in the low-to-mid 80s and today we’re headed for the upper 80s and lower 90s so a big warmup is ahead.
We’ll start off Friday in the 50s, but things will heat up fast. We’ll get to the 80s by lunchtime. Raleigh and Durham are forecasted to hit 91 degrees while Fayetteville is expected to get to 93 on Friday afternoon.
Temperatures will go down again for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday as rain heads our way.
Tropical disturbance could bring rain and storms on Monday
“Eventually we’re going to get into more of a wet weather pattern,” said WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth.
That comes with the arrival of the tropical system, with rainfall forecast to drop on North Carolina starting as early as Sunday evening.
“The bulk of the rain is likely moving in on Monday,” said Wilmoth. There could be strong to severe storms along with the rainfall.
There should be a break in the rain Monday night, but a cold front Tuesday will deliver another round of showers and thunderstorms.
Rainfall totals could reach one and a half inches by Tuesday in the Triangle.
“We’ll have very unsettled weather starting late Sunday night,” said Wilmoth.
“This would be much needed rainfall since we are still in drought conditions,” Maze said.