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

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)
By Wednesday morning, clouds will begin to partially clear but some patchy fog is possible also. Temperatures will be hovering around 70 degrees with slightly elevated northwest winds. (Source: WECT) By Wednesday morning, clouds will begin to partially clear but some patchy fog is possible also. Temperatures will be hovering around 70 degrees with slightly elevated northwest winds. (Source: WECT)
Slightly cooler and drier are will filter in Friday, bringing a refreshing dose of fall-like conditions. (Source: WECT) Slightly cooler and drier are will filter in Friday, bringing a refreshing dose of fall-like conditions. (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. As Maria scoots away from the Carolina coast Thursday, a cold front will likely usher-in the first dose of seasonal fall-like temperatures, 

TUESDAY NIGHT DETAILS: Expect variably cloudy skies which could materialize a few showers. Hazardous beach conditions will continue as Maria passes well offshore. Low temperatures overnight will hover around 70 degrees amid feisty north breezes of 15 mph and gusts of 20+ mph.

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY DETAILS: Sunshine will help boost daytime highs into the upper 80s for most backyards, even some low 90s are possible. Northwest winds will still be elevated on Wednesday, operating around 15 mph with gusts around 20 mph. Rain chances will be slim to none, around 0-10% bot days leading to mostly clear conditions through the evening hours. Low temperatures are projected to be in the 60s and 70s.

EXTENDED FORECAST HIGHLIGHTS:. A cooler and drier pattern appears more likely by Friday, lasting through the weekend and early next week. Daily high temperatures will mostly be in the middle and upper 70s under mostly sunny skies. Low temperatures will be in the upper 50s and 60s. 

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 Tropical Storm Maria and Hurricane 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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