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First Alert Forecast: summer sizzles on, storm chances lower, tropics worth watching

Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 1:36 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Great to see you late on this Wednesday. August will finish on a very toasty note across the Cape Fear Region. For Wednesday night and the next seven days: expect nighttime readings to generally miss falling below 70 and daily high temperatures near and north of 90 with afternoon heat index values pushing or pinging 100. Your First Alert Weather Team sets odds for cooling and drenching showers and storms at 20% Wednesday night, 10-20% for Thursday through the weekend days, and 30% for the 30th and 31st.

The Carolina have no definable tropical storm threats, thankfully, but there are areas of interest. Disturbance “Invest 99-L” in the southern Caribbean Sea, for one, has a high chance to organize into a tropical storm on approach to Central America by the weekend; downstream Gulf of Mexico impacts are possible. Central Atlantic Ocean invests “98-L” and “97-L” also may develop, but both features are very far from land. The next storm names on the 2021 list are Ida, Julian, and Kate.

Remember: Atlantic Hurricane Season has yet to peak! Please visit the comprehensive First Alert Hurricane Center and be prepared in case a more threatening situation arises: wect.com/hurricane.

Catch your seven-day forecast for Wilmington right here: http://webpubcontent.gray.tv/wect/MAXSevendayWECT.jpg. Or: take your outlook to September with a ten-day forecast on your WECT Weather App!

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