WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Astronomical summer doesn't officially begin for another week - on the 21st. Meteorologically, though, summer is in full swing! Warmth remains in your First Alert Forecast for the next several days and, occasionally, this thermal energy will translate to storms. Some days will have medium odds for storms but some days will have much lower odds. Here are your forecast details for...
THURSDAY: Expect mostly to partly sunny skies with a 40% chance for a shower or locally drenching or lightning-rich thunderstorm. Temperatures will mainly be in the 70s in the evening and in any periods of rain but, outside of those times, expect highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s and taxing heat index values in the upper 90s and lower 100s. Stay rested, hydrated, and neighborly!
THE LONGER RANGE: Expect partly to mostly sunny days with chances for showers and storms of a moderate 40% Friday and a lower 10 to 20% Saturday, Father's Day Sunday, and Monday. During some of these "longest days of the year", sunrise will occur before 6 a.m. and sunset gets very close to 8:30 p.m. Daytime temperatures will regularly ping the 80s; more in the way of 90s appear likely by next Tuesday and Wednesday.
THE TROPICS: New tropical storm development remains unlikely in the Atlantic Basin - including the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and Atlantic Ocean itself - through Friday. Over the weekend, a presently broad and disorganized low pressure system stands a very low chance to undergo tropical storm development in the far western Caribbean Sea or far southern Gulf of Mexico.
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