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First Alert Forecast: Independence - from the showers - drier weather

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Hot and humid.  The usual recipe or our Independence day forecast.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Expect partly sunny skies. Chance of a passing shower or thunderstorm is 20 to 30%. Highs: mid to upper 80s. Winds: south or southeast near 15mph.

BEACH AND BOATING FORECAST: Rip current risk: "moderate" (expect "high" for the Brunswick County beaches). Use caution! Highest tide: 5:30 to 6pm.  Both south and east-facing beaches can expect sun, low rain chances, south breezes, and highs mainly in the mid 80s.

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 Saturday we will see a slight up-tick in the rain chances as a disturbance slides north our of the northern Caribbean.   Into early next week however, 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 to moderate flooding is likely for most rivers going into and through the holiday weekend. The Cape Fear River at Elizabethtown will likely crest between 26 and 27 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 10 feet.  It will hover at a swollen 11 to 13 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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