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First Alert Forecast: Summer weekend weather

Just a slight chance for showers this afternoon - but the rain chances will be dropping off as we head into a warm (and muggy) weekend. 

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

SATURDAY: Drier - as the Bermuda high sets up shop over the Carolinas bringing warmer weather.  Hi: 88

SUNDAY: Warmer.  Plenty of sun.  Hi: 90

BEACH AND BOATING FORECAST: Rip current risk: "moderate" (expect "high" for the Brunswick County beaches). Use caution! Low tide around midday - that's when conditions will be at their worst.  Both south and east-facing beaches can expect sun, low rain chances, south breezes, and highs mainly in the mid 80s.

EXTENDED FORECAST HIGHLIGHTS: 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 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.

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

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