First Alert Forecast: hot and steamy locally as Fred navigates the islands

Published: Aug. 12, 2021 at 1:09 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2021 at 8:04 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good to see you late on this Thursday! As the Cape Fear Region remains under a summery dome of high pressure, your forecast through the early weekend is essentially an extension of that of previous days. Expect heat... with high temperatures mainly in the lower 90s through Saturday and the heat index pinging values like 100, 104, etc. But do not count on rain... with odds for a pop-up shower or storm staying near a slim 10 or 20%.

Tropical Depression Fred will pick its way through the mountainous northern Caribbean islands through Friday and likely reach Florida or the eastern Gulf of Mexico by the weekend. Direct, significant impacts from Fred appear unlikely for the Cape Fear Region but, indirectly, some of its moisture may bleed northward and boost rain chances early next week. Plenty of time to watch Fred in any case...

Elsewhere in the tropics: new storm development is possible with tropical disturbance “Invest 95-L” approaching the Lesser Antilles from the east over the weekend. It now has a high chance of development over the next 48 hours.

Catch your seven-day forecast, including that eventual uptick in rain chances, here:

Visit to make sure you are ready in case Fred proves to be more ominous or in case a more threatening situation emerges later in Hurricane Season.

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