WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Hi on a Friday evening! Your First Alert Forecast for the Cape Fear Region features a squeeze-play between departing tropical moisture from Sally and advancing drier, fall-ish air. As westerly breezes shift to northerly, odds for light showers will shrink from 20% Friday evening to 10% or less over the weekend and much of next week. Daily temperatures will peak mainly in the 70s through the period; nights will have airy 50s. Heading into next week fall weather will continue even as the actual season begins on Tuesday. Drier air will allow for lots of sunshine beginning Monday.
Use extreme caution in the 80-degree surf this weekend as Major Hurricane Teddy, churning well offshore, will generate the necessary swell to keep the waves aggressive and the rip current risk high. The core of Teddy remains overwhelmingly likely to bypass the Carolinas to the east; blocking high pressure systems will keep a track over or near Bermuda, New England, or Maritime Canada very possible.
Elsewhere Tropical Storm Beta will target south Texas or northern Mexico early next week. Earlier today we went Greek with the formation of Subtropical Storm Alpha off of the coast of Portugal. For only the second time in history we have used up the entire 2020 Atlantic hurricane name list and will now name storms with letters from the Greek Alphabet. The only other year this happened was 2005. Finally we’ll have to keep a close eye on Tropical Storm Wilfred in the east-central Atlantic.
Thank you for remaining vigilant as the record-setting 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season continues to generate storms and, of course, try to have a nice weekend, too! To help you plan: use the seven-day forecast for Wilmington, posted here, or tap into a ten-day forecast for any location you choose with your WECT Weather App. And thanks for trusting your First Alert Weather Team!