A beautiful day is ahead as we close out the work week. High's are expected to top out right around the average (upper 80's) under partly cloudy skies. A stray shower for parts of the Smokies will be possible, otherwise the rest of us will stay dry and warm.
With a high in place to the north, shower activity looks to be out of the question for most of the weekend. The main threat will be temperatures, as they will return to the low to mid 90's. By Monday and Tuesday of next week, shower activity begins to creep back in with higher moisture values across the region.
An update from Colorado State University shows an active second half to hurricane season. Unfortunately, now through Mid-October is the most active time of the year for the Atlantic. The forecast has been upped from 19 named storms to now 24 (the highest forecast ever). In addition, 12 hurricanes and 5 major hurricanes (cat 3 or higher) are predicted in the weeks/months ahead. As you can see, nearly every prediction is double the average. It's easy to conclude the second half of hurricane season looks to be an active one after already starting the year with a record number of systems.
As we work into the weekend, keep your heat safety in mind. It will definitely be a good weekend to cool off at the lake or pool as high's will be in the 90's. Stay safe, stay cool and have a good weekend!
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