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First Alert Forecast: Hot for final August weekend as Ida targets Gulf

Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 1:16 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Great to see you late on this Friday! We’re watching the tropics closely as Hurricane Ida sets its sights on the northern Gulf Coast. Elsewhere, tropical storm development remains possible in the central Atlantic Ocean, with medium and high development odds for another organized system or two. Thankfully, a high pressure ridge ought to protect the Cape Fear Region and Carolinas from such tropical weather hazards.

This ridge will bring plenty of heat, though! For Saturday and Sunday, expect more periods of sizzling sunshine with slim and none odds for showers and storms. Temperatures and heat index values will crest mainly in the lower 90s and lower 100s, respectively. Nighttime lows will feature muggy middle and lower 70s and partly to mostly clear skies. Surf should hold near 84 degrees and carry a low to moderate rip current risk through the weekend.

Catch your seven-day forecast for Wilmington, including a hot and mainly dry weekend, right here: http://webpubcontent.gray.tv/wect/MAXSevendayWECT.jpg. Or: customize your location and take your outlook deeper into September with a ten-day forecast on your WECT Weather App!

Remember: Atlantic Hurricane Season has yet to peak! September is, statistically, the stormiest month and October is historically quite active, too. So, please visit the comprehensive First Alert Hurricane Center and be prepared in case a threatening situation arises: wect.com/hurricane.

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