WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The upper high pressure ridge, which has dominated the weather over the last few days, is breaking down. Look for a slight decrease in temperatures and a big increase in thunderstorm chances throughout the weekend and into early next week. Drink lots of water and don't forget to wear (and reapply) sunscreen if you must be outside!
SATURDAY: We can officially ring in the Summer season at 6:51 AM Saturday morning! The cool front stalls to our north, so we'll see an even better chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms, with a few heavy downpours. It will feel very muggy outside with the humid, tropical airmass dominating the weather pattern. Highs will be in the low 90s and lows will be in the low 70s.
SUNDAY: The cool front mixing with an area of low pressure forming over the Carolinas will continue those showers and storms into our Sunday morning. However, the chance for an afternoon/evening thunderstorm go down a tad for your Sunday. Skies will still be overcast with a rain chance of 30%. High temperatures will be slightly cooler with low temperatures mild in the low to mid 70s.
NEXT WEEK: The typical summer pattern will make a return with the Bermuda high pressure ridge taking charge. Look for highs in the low 90s each day and lows in the low to mid 70s. Isolated showers and thunderstorms will develop during the afternoon and early evening hours. Rain chances are 20%-30% each day.
TROPICS: An area of disturbed weather 80 miles east-northeast of central Florida continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Significant development is not expected while it slowly drifts northward, but the National Hurricane Center is giving it a very small (10%) chance of development within the next 48 hours. 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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