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First Alert Weather: more spring sunshine, CSU releases 2014 hurricane season forecast

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A high pressure system will bring more dry and warm weather through the weekend! A low pressure system will bring our next chance of showers - but not until next week. Details...

THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY: Expect clear skies and light southwest breezes. Lows Thursday night: 50s. Highs Friday: mainly upper 70s and lower 80s inland, beaches about 10 degrees cooler.

WEEKEND: Enjoy sunny or mostly sunny skies each day! Inland temperatures will again likely reach the 70s and 80s during the day. UV index values and tree pollen levels will remain high.

A PEEK INTO NEXT WEEK: Rain chances will climb a bit - to near 20% Monday, 60% Tuesday, and 20% Wednesday. Daytime temperatures will be in the seasonably mild 60s and 70s most of the period.

THE NEW COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY FORECAST FOR THE 2014 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON calls for nine total named storms, three hurricanes, and one major hurricane (slightly below-average).

REASONS FOR A POSSIBLY BELOW-AVERAGE SEASON include cooler-than-average water temperatures in key portions of the Atlantic and an expected El Nino in the Pacific (the latter tends to generate Atlantic wind shear - hostile to hurricanes).

PREPARE JUST THE SAME: Regardless of any forecast for a below-average hurricane season, we advise you prepare for hurricane season (June 1 - November 30) just the same! 

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