First Alert Forecast: locally quiet and hot pattern, Florence still a tropical storm

First Alert Forecast: locally quiet and hot pattern, Florence still a tropical storm
Your Saturday afternoon forecast map. (Source: WECT)
Your Saturday afternoon forecast map. (Source: WECT)
Agitated waters from Florence will increase the chance of large swells and life threatening rip currents through the weekend. (Source: WECT)
Agitated waters from Florence will increase the chance of large swells and life threatening rip currents through the weekend. (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 WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK: Enjoy sun and summery temperatures in the 80s to locally lower 90s by day and 70s for the nights in between. The risk of rip currents will likely trend moderate to high as swell from Florence reaches the coast. Daily shower / storm chances will continue to hover in the modest 20 to 30% range. The forecast for the middle and end of next week may change depending on the developing track of Florence.

FLORENCE: Florence continues to be a tropical storm as of early Saturday afternoon. Very warm ocean temperatures and light wind shear should allow Florence to become a major hurricane again by early next week.

FLORENCE'S TRACK: The latest projected forecast track from the National Hurricane Center has shifted further south of Bermuda. A high pressure system over the North Atlantic will allow Florence to slip closer to U.S. shores next week. Expect at minimum high swells and an increasing rip current risk along the coast this weekend into next week. There is an increasing chance of significant rainfall and possible tropical storm force winds in southeast NC due to the increasing size of the storm. It is still too early to say if storm's dangerous core will affect us directly, however the Carolina coast, from Savannah, GA to the Outer Banks, is now included in the forecast cone.

THE REST OF THE TROPICS: The remains of Gordon will bolster rain chances in the Tennessee Valley through the weekend. As of Friday night, Tropical Storm Helene formed west of Africa's west coast and Tropical Depression Nine formed west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Tropical Storm Helene should move on a more northwesterly course. Meanwhile Tropical Depression Nine should become Tropical Storm Issac soon and move towards the Caribbean.

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