Between a broad Midwestern low and the Bermuda High, southeastern North Carolina will remain in a pattern of seasonably warm / hot temperatures and chances for isolated / scattered showers and thundershowers.
TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY FORECAST: Shower / thundershower chances will hover near 20% for Tuesday night and expand to 30% by Wednesday afternoon. Also, expect nighttime lows in the 70s and highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s for Wednesday.
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 spike a bit to 50% for Thursday and then settle to near 30 - 40% levels for the weekend.
TROPICS: A low pressure system in the eastern-most Atlantic, near Africa, will track west through the open ocean for the next seven days. The National Hurricane Center gives this system a high chance to become a tropical depression or tropical storm by Wednesday. Factors that may hamper the system's ability to get terribly strong: it will likely pass over relatively cool seas and encounter dry air and wind shear. We will monitor it!
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.
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