WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good Friday evening to you! Thanks for checking into your First Alert Forecast for the Cape Fear Region. Here is what you can expect for this final weekend of August 2020...
Friday night: Expect partly cloudy skies, a stray shower or storm and sultry temperatures mainly in the upper and middle 70s. Also expect a light southwest breeze and a meager 10% storm chance.
Saturday: Storm chances will swell to the 40-50% range from midday through early evening as the remnants of Laura scoot through the Virginias. Odds favor places to the north like Raleigh and Richmond will have a more pronounced storm risk but, locally, you should be alert as one or two strong gusty cells could manage to sneak in. Otherwise for Saturday: variable clouds, gusty southwest winds, and seasonably hot highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Heat index values may exceed 100 prior to any thunderstorms.
Sunday: In the wake of the brush with the remnants of Laura, a batch of drier air will hack storm chances to 10%. Also expect sun and highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s amid a fresh northwesterly breeze.
New tropical storm development is very unlikely anywhere in the Atlantic Basin Friday but a healthier possibility exists in or just east of the Caribbean Sea by Tuesday. September is the statistical peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season.
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