More Sunshine Mid-Week

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First Alert Noon Forecast: October 3
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More sunshine through the week.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- No changes in the pattern locally through tomorrow with comfortable nights and rather sunny, warm afternoons. High pressure continues to control the weather but as it drifts farther offshore Thursday, things will begin to change.

Winds will shift to a more east, then southeast direction by Thursday, pulling in higher dew points from the nearby Atlantic. Dew points will rise into the low and middle 60 by midday Thursday. An offshore storm will also be spreading mid-level moisture in from the east in the form of mid-level clouds. The extra cloud cover will knock a few degrees off the max temps Thursday. While rain is not expected to reach the triangle from this storm, it will be close enough to bring showers to the coast Thursday afternoon and a few periods of rain Friday.

By Friday, a strong trough will be approaching from the west. Typically a trough this strong would bring a good chance for showers and perhaps even a late season thunderstorm. However, in this case the storm to the east will play a part in reducing the prospects for rain in our area Friday. Its circulation will prevent an inflow of moisture and also reduce surface convergence. While there can be a shower two around Friday, its not likely to be much more than that.

The air mass behind this trough is the coolest of season to date. While nothing usual for early October its chill will be a reminder of colder days ahead. Our mins will drop into the 40s over the weekend with readings in the mountains to our west dipping into the 30s (for the first time this season).

Meanwhile Tropical Storm Philippe is taking a path farther and farther west. While not likely impact our weather, it will make an noticeable impact on Bermuda later this week with wind gusts close to Hurricane force and heavy downpours.

Have a great evening!

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