WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good Monday to you and thanks for checking into your First Alert Forecast for the Cape Fear Region! Expect a seasonable conclusion to August with light southerly breezes, soupy humidity levels, and high temperatures in the 80s to around 90. Tonight, look for partly or variably cloudy skies, a passing shower or storm and possibly patchy fog as temperatures dip down to the middle 70s. September, the statistical peak month of Atlantic Hurricane Season, will open with a few areas of interest with possible tropical storm development.
Tropical Depression Fifteen has formed off the southeastern coast of the United States as of Monday evening. The good news is, regardless of any further development, steering winds would whisk this system away from the Carolinas. Possible impacts would be limited to a brief enhancement of rip currents. Stay up-to-date with the beach forecast if your plans take you to the coast this week! It is forecast to strengthen in to a tropical storm and when so it get the name “Nana”.
Two to three other possible tropical storm development areas are in the “main development region” of the tropical Atlantic Ocean i.e. the stripe of saltwater between the Caribbean and West Africa. A couple of westward waves of low pressure have a chance to organize within five days but what, if any, downstream impacts these may have are unknown at this time.
So, the bottom line is: thanks for staying alert and prepared into September! Catch your First Alert seven-day planning forecast for Wilmington right here.