First Alert Forecast: July heat set to return

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 1:56 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 8:03 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Rain and clouds pinned early-week temperatures well below 90 but readings will soon drive toward that seasonably hot benchmark: expect highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s for Thursday with heat index values near 100. Expect most of Thursday to be dry with only a few spotty showers and thunderstorms. The typical summery pattern continues into the weekend and next week.

Saltwater headlines include surf near 80 degrees, one-to-two-foot breaking waves, and a low to moderate rip current risk. And, deep in the Atlantic Basin, new tropical storm development remains unlikely in the next two days. A non-tropical low pressure system could develop off the Georgia coast by this weekend. As of now, impacts to the Cape Fear Region appear unlikely but we will watch the situation. The next names on the 2021 list are Fred, Grace, and Henri.

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