WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good Monday and thanks for checking in to your First Alert Forecast! As the new week begins, expect warmer-than-average temperatures and higher-than-average humidity levels Eta emerges from the tropics.
High pressure to our north, an approaching cold front from the west and low pressure, Eta, to our south will all contribute to a wet pattern by midweek. Rain chances will grow to 70% Wednesday and Thursday, 50% Friday and 30% over the weekend.
Eta maintains tropical storm status but could strengthen into a hurricane as it meanders over the Gulf of Mexico. In the days ahead, Eta’s moisture will be transported up toward the Carolinas. Rainfall amounts could add up to 4 inches in some backyards.
Subtropical Storm Theta formed late Monday night making it the 29th named storm this season officially setting the new record for the most named storms in a single season. Theta will not impact the United States as it slide east across the northeast Atlantic. Also, in the central Caribbean, a tropical wave is tagged with low to medium odds for development through next week.
Your First Alert Weather Team will be watching for localized flooding potential next week - stay alert! Check out the seven day planning forecast for Wilmington below. For a ten day outlook tailored to your zip code, consult your FREE WECT First Alert Weather App.