First Alert Forecast: hot now, t-storm chances to increase - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

First Alert Forecast: hot now, t-storm chances to increase

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -  The upper high pressure ridge, which has dominated the weather over the last few days, begins to break down.  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. 

THURSDAY NIGHT: After one of the hottest days in southeast North Carolina so far this year, there are some signs of change as we move into this evening and tonight.  An upper high pressure ridge begins to break down and areas north of Wilmington may have a decent shot at spotty or isolated thunderstorms this evening.  Lows will be in the low 70's.   Rain chance is 20%. 

FRIDAY: As the high pressure ridge breaks down and a cool front moves closer to the areas, 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 low to mid 90s.  Heat index values approach 100.  Lows will be in the low 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.   Summer officially begins at 6:51 AM Saturday morning. 

NEXT WEEK: Repeat after me "the typical summer pattern".  The Bermuda high pressure ridge will be in charge.  Look for highs in the low 90's each day and lows in the low 70's.  Isolated showers and thunderstorms develop during the afternoon and early evening.  Rain chances 20%-30% each day. 

TROPICS: An area of disturbed weather 75 miles east of the central Florida coast is not expected to develop tropical characteristics.  Otherwise there are no other disturbances in the tropical Atlantic. 

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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