Well, as they say, all good things must come to an end, and our stretch of great weather is no exception. We’ll begin to see scattered storm chances enter the weather picture later in the afternoon on Friday and stick around into the weekend as a more moisture-laden airmass takes residence. Temperatures will remain fairly warm each day, with 60s in the morning and highs within a couple degrees either way of 80° in the afternoons.
The good news on the rain chances this weekend is that it doesn’t look like we have a total weekend washout in store. Rain chances will be transient and largely driven day-to-day. My best advice is to plan out your weekend as is, and just ensure that you have indoor activities as a backup. I’d pencil in Saturday as probably the less active of the two weekend days, with decent model agreement that a cold front will be driving through the area Sunday, but we’ll want to take this day by day as things evolve upstream.
So far, it doesn’t look like we’ll have any severe weather concerns this weekend, but be reminded that all thunderstorms are dangerous because of lightning.
All in all, this weekend will be good practice for planning outdoor activities during the summer months! Stay dry and safe and do your best to enjoy!
Get ready for what is probably Winter’s final hurrah starting tonight into this weekend. Overnight tonight, temperatures look to fall to the mid-30s in the Charleston Metro Area, with the potential for those temperatures to fall even a bit more inland. I’d protect plants and pets tonight to be on the safe side. Wind chills tomorrow morning will run as low as the mid-20s at times — bone-chilling for January, somewhat absurd for April. In addition to possibly setting a record low in the morning (the record is 36° set in 1942), Friday’s forecast high of 54° would break the record low maximum temperature of 56° set in 2019. All this and we will have full, unfettered sunshine throughout the day. Quite a potently cold airmass, for sure.
The chill continues into Saturday morning. Winds look to back off a little bit, but that may just allow for better radiational cooling conditions with the potential for a freeze inland from the coast and patchy frost elsewhere. Friday night into Saturday morning will be another time to protect your plants and pets from the chilly conditions. Saturday afternoon does look a little warmer with highs getting into the low 60s, but this is still well below normal for early April.
By Sunday, though, we begin to lift out of the cold snap with lows in the low 40s in the morning, followed by highs getting back into the 70s in the afternoon. Just a few clouds will be around, and it looks to be a rather pleasant day.
It was a busy weather evening, with numerous reports of hail inland from the coast, a lot of lightning, and a lot of heavy rain. The storms will give way to a cold front swinging through overnight, and by Thursday morning, we will begin to see quite a cooldown. We’ll go from a high of 82° on Wednesday to highs struggling into the mid-60s for Thursday. (No fooling.) It’ll be breezy in the wake of the front, too. However, the sun will be out, and the early April sun angle will feel pretty good when balanced with the cooler air temperatures.
This weekend is going to have quite a summer-like feel to it with highs in the 80s and a slight chance of showers and storms each afternoon.
A cold front will be weakening and stalling out across the area Friday into Saturday. The front, a remnant of the strong storm system that is responsible for a severe weather outbreak in the mid-South today, will not be able to overcome the ridging aloft and strong surface high pressure. However, a few storms will be possible on Friday with the potential for one or two of them to produce damaging wind gusts and large hail. Widespread severe weather is not anticipated, though.
Getting into Saturday, we see the stalled front still in the area, perhaps acting as a focal point to kick off a few showers or storms. Otherwise, the story will be the warmth — lows in the mid-60s will continue to flirt with record high minimums, and highs in the low to mid-80s appear common, with potentially higher temperatures inland.
Another cold front will backdoor into the area from the north on Sunday. A few showers and thunderstorms will once again be possible ahead of said front, and a couple of those might err on the strong side, but once again widespread severe weather does not appear to be in the cards. This front will actually make it through the area, though, and by Monday, temperatures will be 10-15° cooler as high pressure wedges in from the northeast.
We’ll get Friday off to a nice start in the wake of the cold front which instigated a lot of the rough weather over the last couple days in the eastern half of the country. Temperatures will start around 50-51° under mostly clear skies. We’ll warm to the mid-60s before another cold front “backdoors” in from the north, bringing much cooler temperatures and a return to cloud cover.
Yes, folks…the wedge is back.
Saturday will start out much cooler than normal, with highs in the upper 30s. Temperatures will only head up to the mid-50s as the wedge settles in. At the same time, a low will spin up off the Florida and Georgia coast. Convergence on the northern half of the low could help spread a few showers into the area as early as Saturday, but slightly better rain chances arrive on Sunday as the low heads northeast, coming a little bit closer to our coastline. Sunday looks a bit warmer with highs near 60° as the wedge seems to weaken a little bit. Don’t fret — we’re back in the 70s by next Tuesday.
Warm and dry weather will continue into the weekend, with temperatures remaining well above normal until a cold front backdoors into the area Monday and introduces some rain chances. Until then, though, while we will see a slow increase in clouds, expect mid-to-upper 70s away from the locally cooler coastline.
Don’t forget: Early Sunday morning, we “spring forward” into Daylight Saving Time. Be sure to set your manually-set clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday night. It’s also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, not to mention your weather radio!
After a very turbulent stretch lasting over a month, it looks like we finally will be getting an extended period of mostly quiet weather. That began with today’s Severely Nice Weather Alert Day, which featured cobalt blue skies and highs topping out around 70-71° across the area.
Overnight, a cold front will backdoor in from the north, switching winds northeasterly and keeping temperatures cooler for Friday. Expect mostly sunny skies throughout the day with clouds increasing late as some upper-level energy ripples through the area. A shower or two can’t be totally ruled out overnight Friday into Saturday, but the chances are super-low right now.
We’ll start Saturday with a fair bit of cloud cover, but do expect the sun to be peeking through with increasing frequency as the day goes on. Temperatures will remain rather chilly by early March standards, only topping out in the upper 50s.
Cloud cover will dissipate for Sunday as high pressure continues its reign over our weather. Despite full sunshine, temperatures will once again only rise to the upper 50s, well below normal (68°).
As we get into next week, there will be some frost and freeze potential, so be aware if you’ve started planting. Otherwise, though, it looks like an extended period of mostly quiet weather is in the offing — good news for this rain-weary populace.
We’ll cool off some on Friday as a backdoor cold front stalls out across the area. We could see quite a spread in temperatures across a short distance; while the forecast for the Charleston metro area is in the mid-to-upper 60s, it could be much cooler north of the front in northern Berkeley County. There will be a chance of a shower or two in the afternoon, but nothing too out-of-band (and definitely nowhere near the recent rains).
By Saturday, that stalled front lifts north across the area as a warm front, and we return to the mid-to-upper 70s across the area. Saturday’s the pick day with dry weather expected and scattered clouds. Sunday may feature a few showers with temperatures approaching 80° in the afternoon.
We’ll continue our nice weather winning streak into Thursday as temperatures will once again get into the mid-70s under mostly sunny skies. We’ll begin to see some clouds re-enter our skies tomorrow with a little more moisture moving in as a backdoor cold front moves across the Mid-Atlantic during the day, but no rain is expected. Overall, expect another pleasant day across the area.
We have a chilly but mostly sunny weekend ahead. Now all we have to do is just hang in there through Friday as showers taper off throughout the day as the cold front slowly moves through the area and gets offshore. Temperatures will remain pretty chilly — only expect highs to top out around 50° tomorrow as the front moves by and cooler air begins filtering in.
Skies will clear Friday evening and overnight, and by Saturday, expect mostly sunny skies with high temperatures peaking around 50° as chilly high pressure moves over the region. Clear skies overnight Saturday should allow temperatures to drop to the low-to-mid-30s by Sunday morning, with freezing temperatures possible inland from the coast. The airmass will modify a little bit Sunday, and highs should warm into the mid-50s under mostly sunny skies.
@chswx is community-supported, hype-averse weather information, preparedness tips, and alerts for the Charleston, SC Tri-County area (Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester counties) by Jared Smith.