Much needed rain is expected to arrive in the region early Saturday from the south. The rain may begin as early as our pre-dawn hours in Southside then spread north through the morning. There may be much more rain in North Carolina and east of the Highway 29 corridor with some models predicting over an inch, but the general consensus is about a half inch over the Piedmont and that amount tapers off the closer you get to the mountains.
We do need the rain, so we are thankful for what we get. Hopefully the rain will be able to soak into the parched earth softly, so it can be more beneficial than just run off rain. Then that should be it for a few days as far as the rain goes. Temps on Saturday due to the cloud cover and rain should only reach the upper 70s to low 80s. Severe storms are not expected but a few rumbles of thunder may be heard from time to time. Currently the models are a bit conflicted on the amount but most are showing that the rain will be hear in the morning.
Sunday will be the beginning of another run of hot conditions. The mercury in the thermometer is slated to reach the 90s each afternoon from Sunday until at least the end of the week.
Each day there will be a chance for us to get some pop-up storms, but more likely the later portion of the week than the beginning. Humidity will probably be highest on Sunday, after the Saturday rains, but will creep back up as the week moves along.
The drought monitor issued by the Climate Prediction Center has us in the Abnormally Dry zone with a few counties in the north in a Moderate Drought scenario.
The Tropics are still quiet but a couple of waves are gaining some attention by the National Hurricane center, but are both well out in the Atlantic in the Intertropical Convergence Zone.