A few more clouds greet us on our Thursday thanks to some showers and storms that have persisted to our west and southeast. We will see partly cloudy skies transition to mostly cloudy skies this afternoon with more widespread showers and storms this afternoon and evening than what we have seen the last couple of days. Highs will still be near 90 around Central North Carolina.
An approaching area of low pressure will arrive on Thursday and then stall over the Mid-Atlantic, bringing with it heavy rain and storms into the weekend.
Rain chances drop back off as we head into next week as our system exits, but it also ushers in cooler temperatures in its wake. While it is too early to say this will be a major cool down, highs will drop back into the middle 80s as we head through the middle of the first week of school for many.
We now have the 10th named storm in the Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center updated tropical depression #11 to tropical storm Josephine. It is moving fast, NW at 15 miles per hour, about 975 miles ESE of the Leeward Islands.
According to the NHC, Josephine storm is forecast to remain a tropical storm over the next several days before weakening back into a tropical low early Monday morning. Wind shear and dry air will likely weaken the storm as it moves north of the Caribbean.
THURSDAY: Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a few afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs top out near 89.
TONIGHT: Storms taper off after sunset with partly to mostly cloudy skies remaining. Lows drop to near 72.
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