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First Alert Forecast: warming trend to end the work week

Your planning forecast highlights a rise in rain chances during the weekend and the start of next week, separated and book-ended by briefly dry and seasonable weather. (Source: WECT) Your planning forecast highlights a rise in rain chances during the weekend and the start of next week, separated and book-ended by briefly dry and seasonable weather. (Source: WECT)
Afternoon Temperatures amid plenty of sunshine should make modest gains to from the 20s and 30s to the 50s and 60s by Thursday Afternoon (Source: WECT) Afternoon Temperatures amid plenty of sunshine should make modest gains to from the 20s and 30s to the 50s and 60s by Thursday Afternoon (Source: WECT)
High pressure should keep clouds and showers away for your Thursday. (Source: WECT) High pressure should keep clouds and showers away for your Thursday. (Source: WECT)
Red Flag Warnings are out until 7 p.m. Thursday for a high fire danger risk. Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged. (Source: WECT) Red Flag Warnings are out until 7 p.m. Thursday for a high fire danger risk. Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Warmer but breezy weather makes a return to southeast North Carolina through Friday as high pressure drifts offshore. Meanwhile a backdoor cool front will move near the area bringing some unsettled weather and a tricky temperature forecast over the weekend. 

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for all of southeast NC this afternoon. This means the fire risk is very high so no burning. 

TONIGHT: Gusty southwest winds will ease some this evening. Look for clear skies and milder overnight lows in the 40s. 

FRIDAY: Amid mainly sunny skies and westerly breezes highs will soar into the upper 60s and lower 70s. Clouds will increase Friday night as a backdoor cool front approaches the area. A few spotty showers will be possible as moisture approaches from the west. 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY WEEKEND AND EARLY NEXT WEEK: Expect highs generally in the 60s with low to medium shower chances through weekend, Timing of this front will be crucial. If it stalls out, some of our southern-most counties enjoy temps in the 70s while spots north could be in the cooler 50s. Early next week, the warmth will continue and rain chances will be in the 30% range, with clearing expected by midweek.

MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK: We'll see a return to winter like weather but it should be dry. Highs return to the 50s with lows in the 30s.  

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