Your Friday afternoon map features seasonably hot conditions across the Lower Cape Fear Region with temperatures within a few notches of 90 and heat index values within a few pegs of 100. (Source: WECT)
Your Carolina cloud and "future radar" model for Friday afternoon paints a few isolated storms in southeastern North Carolina. Higher rain coverage is possible in the coming days. (Source: WECT)
Your First Alert 7-Day Planning Forecast showcases higher storm chances, but probably no all-day washouts, between Saturday and Tuesday... and then lower odds for Wednesday and Thursday. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
THE WEATHER OVERVIEW FOR THE CAPE FEAR REGION: A week that has featured a few storms, yes, but also many appreciable stretches of dry weather... is coming to a close. In the coming days... an approaching front will first act to increase storm chances but, eventually, the front's departure will allow for decreasing rain chances.
FRIDAY FORECAST DETAILS: Expect generous periods of sunshine to cook temperatures to afternoon highs the lower and middle 90s and heat index values to the cautionary 96 to 104 range. Breezes will flow mainly from the southwest at 10 mph and odds for a shower or storm will grow to near 30% in the afternoon and evening.
WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEK FORECAST DETAILS: Daily highs will mainly ping the 90+ realm but some 80s are possible for early next week. Overnights will likely feature consistent 70s. Storm chances will increase to the 40 to 50% daily range for Saturday through Tuesday before shrinking to the 10 to 30% range for next Wednesday through Friday.
THE TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: Middle August is a traditionally active time in the tropics but there are no major trouble spots in the Atlantic Basin. The remnants of Tropical Storm Debby remain no threat to land as they race across cool North Atlantic waters through Friday and the weekend. The next name on the list: Ernesto.
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