Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS62 KRAH 290049 AFDRAH Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Raleigh NC 848 PM EDT THU JUL 28 2016 .SYNOPSIS... An upper level disturbance will track just to the north of the region tonight around the hot high pressure over the Southeastern US. A surface trough of low pressure will stall across the area through the weekend. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... As of 845 pm Thursday... The excessive heat warning and heat advisory have been allowed to expire as heat index values have dropped below critical limits. The Subtropical ridge in place over the SE U.S. has kept the afternoon/evening showers and storms to the west and north of central NC. Expect this will generally continue, though an isolated shower and/or storm is still possible across far northern and western reaches of the area (via outflow boundaries possibly making it into the area from ongoing convection to the north and west of central nc) for the next several hours. Otherwise, expect dry conditions overnight, with low temps generally in the lower to mid 70s, with a few locations across the far SE/E remaining in the upper 70s again. && .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT/... As of 320 PM Thursday... Low-level thicknesses and heights aloft fall slightly on Friday as the subtropical high shifts just east of the area and broad troughiness begins to settle into the area from the west. However of more significance, is the potential for dewpoints to mix out into the upper 60s and lower 70s Friday afternoon owing to the low-level westerly flow that develops in the wake of the surface low exiting off the Mid-Atlantic Coast. So despite similar afternoon temperatures in the lower 90s NW to upper 90s SE, the drier air will suppress heat indices with current forecast grids showing only the far SE zones close to advisory criteria. Confidence is too low at this time to warrant the issuance of an advisory with this package so will let midnight shift re-evaluate. Expect the westerly low-level flow east of the mountains to also suppress convection Friday afternoon, maintaining isolated/slight chance of diurnally driven convection. Lows Friday night in the lower to mid 70s. && .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/... As of 250 PM Thursday... The pattern for the long term period will feature a low amplitude but broad trough across much of the eastern third of the country. With our area on the eastern side of the trough axis during the weekend, look for above normal temps to continue (low-mid 90s) during that time, but daily diurnal rain chances should be at or above normal (30-40% each day) given more abundant deep layer moisture and a series of passing short waves embedded in the sw flow. Perhaps the increased rain chances and assoc cloud coverage may help mitigate the oppressive heat somewhat compared to what we`ve seen the past few days. For the early part of next week, the aforementioned trough axis is progged to cross the eastern seaboard. The assoc sfc cold front may attempt to move across our area, setting up increased rain chances for Monday. Assuming the front does indeed push south of our area, we may see at least a brief return to normal temps (highs in the upper 80s and lows in the upper 60s) during the mid-week period with lower humidity and at or below climo pops. && .AVIATION /00Z FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... As of 815 PM Thursday... VFR conditions are expected with some patchy early morning ground fog possible late tonight. Scattered to isolated storms are possible again tomorrow afternoon, but chances of a storm occurring at a TAF site are too low to include. Outlook: Outside of isolated to scattered storms each afternoon/evening and some patchy early morning fog, expect predominately VFR conditions through Friday. Rain chances are expected to increase by the weekend and into early next week. && .RAH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...BADGETT NEAR TERM...7/CBL SHORT TERM...CBL LONG AVIATION...mlm is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.