WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A puff of northwesterly winds will bring slightly chillier weather for Wednesday, but a warm high pressure system will build - and send temperatures soaring! - by the weekend. Early next week, a passing cold front will bring the best chance of showers of the forecast period.
TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT: This will be the chilliest stretch of the forecast period. Expect lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s late Tuesday night, highs in the 50s Wednesday afternoon, and lows in the frosty upper 20s and lower 30s late Wednesday night. Also expect mostly clear skies and light west or northwest breezes.
EXTENDED FORECAST HIGHLIGHTS: On Friday, we'll make a run at 70 with partly sunny skies. For the weekend, expect warm afternoon temperatures of mainly 70s (Saturday's record is 76, Sunday's record is 80). Ironically, winter officially begins at 12:11pm Saturday! Isolated showers could dot the weekend, but the best rain chance will arrive Monday.
WHITE CHRISTMAS WATCH: Though temperatures are likely to trend toward slightly cooler levels for Christmas Eve into Christmas Day, the chance of a White Christmas is near 0% this year. The chance of a White Christmas in any given year in southeastern North Carolina is 1 - 2%.
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