First Alert Forecast: late summer brings heat locally, Hurricane Florence worth watching closely

First Alert Forecast: late summer brings heat locally, Hurricane Florence worth watching closely
Rain patterns can be streaky, and that's certainly been the case here in 2018! May through July 2018 featured deluge after deluge in Wilmington and across most of the Cape Fear Region but, since then, "the tap" has all but shut off. (Source: WECT)
Rain patterns can be streaky, and that's certainly been the case here in 2018! May through July 2018 featured deluge after deluge in Wilmington and across most of the Cape Fear Region but, since then, "the tap" has all but shut off. (Source: WECT)
Fall does not officially arrive until September 23 and your forecast remains summery, indeed! Expect days in the 80s to possibly lower 90s, nights mainly in the 70s, and daily odds for showers and storms hovering in the 10 to 30% range. (Source: WECT)
Fall does not officially arrive until September 23 and your forecast remains summery, indeed! Expect days in the 80s to possibly lower 90s, nights mainly in the 70s, and daily odds for showers and storms hovering in the 10 to 30% range. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A very toasty late summer high pressure ridge will preserve warm / hot temperatures and low rain chances in the Cape Fear Region through the weekend and into next week. In contrast to the tranquility locally, the tropical Atlantic Ocean will continue to burst with storm activity - that's Florence and a couple of other noteworthy systems, too. Here are your forecast details for...

THE CAPE FEAR REGION: From Thursday into next week, expect sun and summery temperatures in the 80s to locally lower 90s by day and 70s for the nights in between. Breezes will mainly be light and from the north or east. The risk of rip currents begin the period at low / moderate but will likely trend higher early next week as swell from Hurricane Florence reaches the coast. Daily shower / storm chances will continue to hover in the modest 10 to 30% range.

FLORENCE: Florence is likely to maintain hurricane strength for many days. Florence is gaining significant latitude east of Bermuda and, historically, systems that do this quickly find an alley with which to relatively harmlessly escape to the cold North Atlantic. A high pressure system could possibly block such an exit, though, and allow Florence to slip closer to U.S. shores next week. Worth watching just in case!

THE REST OF THE TROPICS: The remains of Gordon will bolster rain chances in the Mississippi Valley through the weekend. New tropical storm development remains likely west of Africa's Cabo Verde Islands by the weekend - yet another reminder that this time of year requires vigilance! Should such a system develop, it'd be named Helene and it would track westward toward the Caribbean Islands by the end of next week.

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