First Alert Forecast: seasonably hot and a bit hazy the next few days, watching a low off the SE U.S. coast

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 1:52 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 8:31 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Temperatures reached highs of 81 Monday, 84 Tuesday, and 89 Wednesday, and for Thursday it built on those recent gains. Highs soared into the upper 80s and lower 90s with the heat index topping out over 100 in the Port City.

In the skies: expect sunshine, areas of haze or smoke from wildfires in the Rockies, patchy clouds, and spotty pop-up storms. on your Friday In the surf: waves will break at mainly one-to-two-foot heights, the rip current risk is low to moderate, and water temperatures ought to hold mainly in the lower 80s.

The extended forecast features a return to seasonable highs in the upper 80s to near 90. The weekend features slim rain chances so outdoor plans are a go, just make sure to apply and reapply sunscreen. There should be a bigger uptick and rain and storm chances next week.

A disorganized low pressure system shifting to the east coast of Florida carries low tropical storm development odds in the next two to five days. Ultimate impacts, if any, for the Cape Fear Region cannot be defined at this time. For now, the system does not appear to be a major threat, but we will watch it.

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