First Alert Forecast: heat wave to break soon, rain and storm chances to pick up

Your First Alert forecast for Monday evening Jul. 22, 2019

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Hello on a Monday evening! Welcome relief is not far off, as a cold front will descend through the Carolinas starting tomorrow, bringing with it chances for rain and storms, lower humidity, lower dew points, and most importantly, lower temperatures.

Shower and storm odds for the week will grow from 20% tonight to 40% Tuesday to 70% Tuesday night and begin to fall Wednesday from 60% to 20-30% Thursday-Saturday. This mid-week system will have a cooling effect on afternoon temperatures, with highs in the lower 90s Monday and Tuesday pre-front to highs in the lower and Middle 80s, post-front! Wow! By week’s end, temperatures begin to climb back toward the upper 80s, but nowhere near as warm as we’ve seen this past week.

Tropical Depression 3 formed in the Bahamas Monday afternoon. As it moves northward it will be absorbed by the approaching cool front. Impacts on SE NC will be limited to an increasing rip current risk and higher swells along the beaches.

Your seven-day planning forecast for Wilmington is shown right here. Remember: a ten-day forecast tailored to your location is also available on your WECT Weather App!

Have a great week!

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