WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good Monday to you and thanks for checking in! Beyond the heat, one important weather story for your Monday evening is the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has placed the Cape Fear Region in a level one, or marginal, risk for severe thunderstorm zone. You already know pop-up summer afternoon storms can feature torrential rain and lightning. One or two cells might also feature damaging wind gusts, so please stay alert this evening.
Your First Alert Forecast remains hot even at night. Expect temperatures to drop to the steamy and sultry upper and middle 70s tonight. with conditions improving as temperatures drop. During the days ahead, most places in the Cape Fear Region ought to reach 90+ temperatures and afternoon heat index values to the stressful 96 to 104 range. Please continue to drink copious amounts of water and take frequent breaks, especially if your plans take you outside. The risk for rip currents is high along all the Cape Fear beaches. Our local National Weather Service partners have identified wind and swell parameters that may amplify rip currents, especially but not exclusively around the 3 p.m. low tide with the risk trending lower heading through midweek So, if you are scheming a trip to the beach to take an edge off the heat, please respect this risk. And tell your friends!
Refreshingly, no notable tropical storm activity is present anywhere in the Atlantic Basin. Thank you for staying vigilant, though, as the statistical “peak weeks” of Atlantic Hurricane Season are still ahead!
Catch your summery seven-day forecast for Wilmington right here, or take your outlook to a full ten days for whatever town you choose with your WECT Weather App. Thanks for trusting your First Alert Weather Team and have a great day!