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First Alert Forecast: Maria chugs by, weekend cool-down likely

Your Tuesday afternoon composite model continues to suggest, sensibly: clouds, sun intervals, a couple of east-to-west-moving showers, feisty north breezes, and temperatures mainly in the lower and mid 80s. (Source: WECT) Your Tuesday afternoon composite model continues to suggest, sensibly: clouds, sun intervals, a couple of east-to-west-moving showers, feisty north breezes, and temperatures mainly in the lower and mid 80s. (Source: WECT)
Another day of enhanced surf and rip currents is likely Tuesday. Breaking waves in our local surf zones will regularly be in the 5 to 10-foot range and a few 12 to 15-foot sets are even possible. Caution! (Source: WECT) Another day of enhanced surf and rip currents is likely Tuesday. Breaking waves in our local surf zones will regularly be in the 5 to 10-foot range and a few 12 to 15-foot sets are even possible. Caution! (Source: WECT)
Hurricane Maria is likely to bring very peripheral impacts to the Cape Fear Region... and more direct impacts to the Cape Hatteras Region... this week. (Source: WECT) Hurricane Maria is likely to bring very peripheral impacts to the Cape Fear Region... and more direct impacts to the Cape Hatteras Region... this week. (Source: WECT)
Your First Alert 7-Day Planning Forecast headlines the agitated ocean through Thursday. Temperatures will surely heat up Wednesday and Thursday, but a fairly significant cool-down is likely this weekend. (Source: WECT) Your First Alert 7-Day Planning Forecast headlines the agitated ocean through Thursday. Temperatures will surely heat up Wednesday and Thursday, but a fairly significant cool-down is likely this weekend. (Source: WECT)
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Maria is likely to swirl just east of the North Carolina Outer Banks through midweek... which means big ocean waves and brisk breezes but small shower chances for the Cape Fear Region. A cold front will likely usher-in some lower temperatures this weekend...

TUESDAY FORECAST DETAILS: Like Monday, expect clouds... and some sun intervals. A few showers could materialize but higher rain coverage ought to stay to the east. Temperatures are likely to crest in the lower to mid 80s amid feisty north breezes of 15 mph and gusts of 25+ mph.

EXTENDED FORECAST HIGHLIGHTS: Low daily shower chances will continue into the weekend. For Wednesday and Thursday, expect highs in the toasty upper 80s to even lower 90s. A cooler pattern of highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s appears more likely by the weekend...

SURF AND MARINE IMPACTS: Through at least midweek... expect breaking waves of mainly between 5 to 10 feet with some localized 10 to 15-foot sets! The rip current risk will remain high. Very rough seas should inspire small crafts to stay in port.

TROPICS: For more details on Hurricanes Maria and Lee, CLICK HERE. September is the statistical peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season, so it makes sense for your family to have a ready-to-do storm plan... and for details on that, CLICK HERE.

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