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Sparta , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 6:42AM

In The July Saddle

As the calendar moves into the latter half of July the weather cooperates with prototypical July operations. High pressure off the East Coast contributes to a warm/muggy southerly flow leading to a daily dose of afternoon showers and thundershowers. That narrative does not change anytime soon so we'll just figure out a way to say it differently :-). This afternoon has "widely scattered" thundershowers with one or two lingering into the evening. Friday has "scattered" afternoon coverage and so does each day thereafter.

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Hi: 81 Lo: 66

Becoming partly sunny; Muggy; Widely scattered afternoon to early evening thundershowers; SE wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 82 Lo: 67

Partly to mostly cloudy; Scattered PM showers & t-showers; Warm; Light South wind

Hi: 82 Lo: 67

Sunshine followed by more PM clouds; Scattered PM showers & t-showers; Warm; Light wind

Hi: 82 Lo: 66

Partly to mostly cloudy; Scattered PM showers & t-showers; Continued warm

Hi: 83 Lo: 66

Partly sunny; You guessed it, scattered afternoon showers & t-showers; Warm

Further Out

Tuesday - Afternoon cloud build-ups; Scattered afternoon to late-day showers & t-showers; High in the lower 80s; Low in the mid 60s
Wednesday - Partly cloudy by afternoon; Scattered PM showers & t-showers; High in the lower 80s; Low in the mid 60s

Forecast Discussion

The weather map is classic July. A front is working towards the Ohio Valley, but is deflected thanks to a strengthening Bermuda High. It's the last front we'll talk about for at least a week.

The southern Appalachians are situated near the western periphery of the high which puts the region in a good position to absorb a warm/tropical flow from the Gulf (and Atlantic). Further west, which is where you don't want to be in relation the high, it's just going to be plain ole' hot without much rain from the TN Valley into the Midwest.

The end result is pretty much the same each day. Expect decent coverage of afternoon showers and thundershowers beginning Friday and persisting through next week. Showers generally taper off in the evening. While it will be warm clouds will also temper afternoon temperatures to some extent. That said, it will be quite muggy and overnight temps will be considerably higher than average as a result.


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