A wet and thundery weekend in store for Charleston (update: record rain)

Update July 10: The wet weather pattern is expected to persist with more afternoon showers and thunder though the rain is expected to be quite less intense than it was Saturday.

Which would be a welcome reprieve as Charleston recorded a whopping 2.7 inches of rain yesterday in North Charleston which tops the old record of 2.36 inches set in 1963.

And, yes, more rain is expected on Monday afternoon.

Time to beef up your portfolio shares of umbrella stock. 

Update July 9: A quick update to let you know that cards still hold true.

While rains and thunder are likely throughout the weekend, watch out today around 2-7 p.m. when rain and thunder chances intensify.

First reporting, July 8: The clouds have begun to release their wet bounty around the Charleston metro area, signaling the beginning of the weekend's weather pattern. 

That's right, I hope you got your fill of oppressively hot and sunny beach weather, as it's going to rain and thunder all weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, every hour of the weekend holds a significant chance of rain and thunder.

"Showers and an isolated thunderstorm will continue to stream onshore and push inland across portions of charleston county this morning," said the service. "Expect periods of heavy rain with rain totals generally between 1/10 to 1/4 of an inch in an hour's time. Could see some isolated local flooding especially across portions of downtown Charleston due to ponding of water."

A slow-moving front is expected to persist through the weekend and early next week.

As for the highs, they're due to be sticking, topping out at 91 and a feel in the low 100s.

At least it won't be as smoky.