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First Alert Forecast: chances for soggy weather but some nice breaks, too

Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 4:22 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 6:04 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good Thursday to you! Your First Alert Forecast opens with a partly cloudy Thursday in the Cape Fear Region. Odds for pop-up showers will be slimmer than previous days and the drier skies will help sponsor a warm-up with high temperatures near 80 or in the lower 80s in most cases. In the surf: note a low to moderate rip current risk, two-to-three-foot breakers, and water temperatures near 80 or in the lower 80s.

Wilmington has recorded more than four inches of rain so far in August and the year-to-date tally for the Port City has recently ballooned to over 40 inches. After Thursday, rain chances will swell to a higher-profile 40% Friday and 50% Saturday. These opportunities will look like classically summery scattered showers and isolated heavier thundershowers.

In the tropics, two disorganized disturbances will propagate westward through the very low latitudes of the Atlantic Ocean - between the Cabo Verde Islands of Africa and the southern Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean. Dry air and moderate wind shear will continue to inhibit these systems in the near-term, but some slow development of one or both of them is possible within two to five days.

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