RALEIGH — It looks to be a good week for gardens and perhaps a bad one for July 4 fireworks. The chance of thunderstorms climbs to more than 50 percent by Thursday, and forecasters wait to see what a tropical depression off Floridas east coast will do.
Heat under partly sunny skies comes first, with highs Tuesday in the low 90s and Wednesday a little hotter.
On the other side of the gray weather later in the week, the National Weather Service is predicting sunny skies with highs in the upper 80s for Saturday and Sunday.
Forecasters said the thunderstorms could bring locally heavy rain, but where and how much depends on two factors.
A low-pressure area off Floridas east coast has turned into a tropical depression and could spin northeast off the coast of the Carolinas by late in the week, forecasters said. At the same time, a cold front will move across the state from the northwest.
Forecasters were basing their predictions on the cold fronts effects, and they said to expect a 60 percent chance of rain on Thursday with highs in the low 90s and a 50 percent chance of rain Friday with a high in the upper 80s.