WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A strong high pressure ridge will keep the forecast hot and mostly dry through Thursday. Look for a slight decrease in temperatures and a big increase in thunderstorm chances as we move towards the weekend. Drink lots of water and wear sunscreen if you must be outside.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY: Mostly clear tonight with lows in the low 70's, there is a very slim chance of an evening shower or thunderstorm. Thursday could be one of the hottest days of 2014. Highs will reach the mid and upper 90's away from the coast with heat index values topping 100. Skies will be mostly sunny and the upper ridge will prevent most locations from seeing any showers or thunderstorms. Rain chance is 10%.
FRIDAY: As the high pressure ridge breaks down, isolated showers and thunderstorms will have a better shot at developing during the afternoon and evening. Rain chances will be around 30%. Otherwise it will continue to be hot and humid with highs mostly in the mid and possibly upper 90's well inland. Heat index values will be near 100. Lows will be in the mid 70s.
THE WEEKEND: A front stalls to our north so we'll see even better chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms, with heavy downpours. Rain chances will climb to around 40%. Still, when it is not raining we'll be in the grips of a very humid and tropical airmass. Highs will be in the low 90s and lows will be in the low 70s.
TROPICS: New tropical storm development is unlikely in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, or Atlantic Ocean over the next few days.
STORMFEST 2014 is this Saturday June 21 at the Cape Fear Museum form 10 AM-4 PM. This is a great event that will get you prepared for hurricane season. Meet the First Alert Weather Team and enjoy a lot of the special things we have planned for the WECT/Fox Wilmington booth. Try your hand as a TV Meteorologist with our green screen, our First Alert Weather Network Reporters will be programming weather radios, pick up a copy of our 2014 hurricane survival guide, Color the Sky for young kids, plus an interactive weather display surprise!
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