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First Alert Forecast: Standard summer heat and rain chances, disturbance worth watching in the tropics


A Midwestern trough of low pressure and an Atlantic high pressure system will bring seasonable levels of heat and chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms this week. Details... 

TUESDAY FORECAST:  Expect partly sunny skies and light southwest breezes. Temperatures will grow from the 70s early to the 80s-to-near-90 in the afternoon. Shower and thundershower chances will also grow to near 40% for the afternoon.  

EXTENDED FORECAST: Seasonably hot daily highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s will stay likely for the rest of the week and the weekend. Shower and thundershower chances will be in the 30 to 50% range for the weekdays and near 30% for the weekend. 

TROPICS: A wave of low pressure in the eastern-most Atlantic, near Africa, will track west through the open ocean for the next seven days. Dry air and wind shear will likely hamper its ability to organize into a significant tropical system but we'll monitor it just in case.

A COOLER SUMMER SO FAR: Through July 22, ILM has had only 7 days with a high of 90 degrees or higher in 2013. 2012 had 25 90-degree days to this point and 2011 had 30! 100-degree stats: 0 days to this point in 2013, 4 to this point in both 2011 and 2012.

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

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