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First Alert Forecast: isolated storms tonight, drier by the weekend

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Isolated storms are possible this evening, but rain chances will continue to trend down into the weekend. 

FRIDAY NIGHT: Isolated showers and thunderstorms should wind down this evening.  However a front draped across southern portions of the area means we will have to keep a small precipitation chance overnight (20%).  Otherwise it will be partly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60's as winds shift to the northeast around 5 mph.

WEEKEND FORECAST: A weak cool front drifts further south as a high builds over the mid Atlantic.  Look for mostly to partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid to upper 60s.  Rain chance is 20% Saturday, mainly south of Wilmington and 10% on Sunday.  Overall a very good forecast. 

MARINE FORECAST: Easterly winds will persist for the weekend with our front south of the area.  Look for a 10-15 kts. wind.  Seas will run around 3 feet.  The rip current risk should be moderate, especially on east facing beaches. 

NEXT WEEK: The classic summer pattern!  Each day will be partly sunny, hot, and humid with highs in the upper 80s to near 90.  Afternoon and evening thunderstorms will develop each day.  Rain chance is 20%-30% each day.  Lows will mostly be in the low 70s. 

TROPICS: A system in the Bay of Campeche is close to becoming the first tropical depression of 2014 in the Atlantic.  However the center of this system will soon make landfall on the east coast of Mexico, limiting any future strengthening. 

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