First Alert Forecast: Drier pattern evolving for the 4th of July - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

First Alert Forecast: Drier pattern evolving for the 4th of July weekend

WIILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The "Bermuda High" pressure system will build west from the Atlantic between Wednesday and the weekend. With it: a trend to drier weather.

TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY FORECAST DETAILS: Expect variable clouds. Shower and thunderstorm coverage will be scattered, not solid. Rain chances will be near 30% for Tuesday night and 50% for Wednesday. Temperatures will dip to the 70s Tuesday night and then rebound to mainly the mid 80s for highs Wednesday. Humid south or southeast breezes will flow and 10 to 15mph speeds. 

 Expect partly sunny skies. Chance of a shower or thunderstorm will not be zero (unfortunately) but it will be low (near 30%). So, hopefully your outdoor plans will be good-to-go. Temperatures will reach mainly the upper 80s for highs. Beach conditions should be good with surf near 3 feet, a low to moderate rip current risk, and water temperatures near 80.

FIREWORKS FORECAST: Displays like Wilmington's "Battleship Blast" should be mostly good (while the rain chances are not zero, most spots will be dry).  Temperatures will mainly be in the upper 70s during the show.

EXTENDED FORECAST HIGHLIGHTS: For Friday into early next week, expect partly sunny days with low (10%) shower and thunderstorm chances, and daily high temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s.

RIVER FLOODING UPDATE: A period of minor flooding is likely for most rivers going into and through the holiday weekend. The Cape Fear River at Elizabethtown will likely crest between 27 and 28 feet on the 4th and then slowly recede. 25 feet is flood stage. The Northeast Cape Fear River at Burgaw, currently nearing its flood stage of 8 feet, will hover at a swollen 10 or 11 feet for most of the weekend and slowly fall next week. Per the National Weather Service's river flood forecasting center: major river flooding is not in the forecast for any of our rivers. Should that change, we'll update you.

First Alert Meteorologists Gannon Medwick, Colin Hackman, Eric Davis, and Iisha Scott will keep you updated.

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