First Alert Forecast: risk of weekend storms, but cooler temps are on the horizon

Your First Alert Forecast from Sat. morning, Sep. 12, 2020

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good Saturday to you! Thanks for checking into your First Alert Forecast for the Cape Fear Region. Give me a minute to share with you the important local weather angles and the latest on the tropics ones. First, the local...

1) The tropical wave of low pressure off the Carolina Coast named “Invest 94-L” has all but died but its moisture will keep the weather in the Cape Fear Region, humid and occasionally unsettled through the weekend.

2) Pop-up shower and storm chances will be modest along with some toasty sun intervals. If you have outdoor plans, you probably will not need to cancel them, but consider having a back-up plan. Expect highs to range in the middle and upper 80s outside of showers and storms and cooler 70s within them.

3) A cold front will bring a spell of lower shower chances, more refreshing humidity levels, and cooler temperatures by Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. highs will be in the comfortable lower 80s and lows will be in the crisp 60s.

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Now, since there is a lot of buzz, here are your tropical takeaways...

1) The tropical wave of low pressure off the Carolina Coast named “Invest 94-L” has all but died but its moisture will keep the weather in the Cape Fear Region, as outlined above, humid and occasionally unsettled through the weekend.

2) Tropical Depression Nineteen formed in the Bahamas Early Friday evening. This system will cross south Florida on its way into the eastern Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

3) Swell from tropical storms Paulette and Tropical Depression Rene will reach the East Coast by this weekend into next week, while the storms themselves are more likely than not to remain offshore. Please be leery of rip currents, especially since many beaches will not have the same lifeguard staffing that they did on and before Labor Day.

4) Other tropical waves of low pressure, ranging from the Gulf of Mexico to the sub-Saharan African coast bring, low, medium and high development odds, respectively. These may or may not impact North America in 10-20 days. Make sure to stay alert and chart their progress with sources you know and trust like the National Hurricane Center and your First Alert Weather Team.

You can hope no more hurricanes will hit our shores this year. You can also make sure we are as prepared as possible. Please visit wect.com/hurricane, soak up all the content like a sponge, and have a great weekend!

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