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First Alert Forecast: August heat finishes strong, Major Hurricane Ida barrels into the northern Gulf Coast

Updated: Aug. 29, 2021 at 4:45 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Happy Sunday to you! Your First Alert Forecast this afternoon and evening include continuing sun and little to no rain chances as you step out of the door. In other words, high pressure will stay strong across the Cape Fear Region! Temperatures will remain sticky and sweaty in the 80s well into the evening hours.

We’re watching the tropics closely as Hurricane Ida barrels through the northern Gulf Coast. No direct impacts are forecast to make their way to southeastern NC. However, remnant moisture is a possibility later into next week. Post-Tropical Storm Julian pushes northward in the north-central Atlantic, farther away from the United States. Tropical Depression Ten, a few hundred miles northeast of the Leeward Islands, is forecast to become Tropical Storm Kate early into the week. Two additional outside chances of tropical development remain with low and medium odds of development in the Atlantic Basin in the next 48 hours, too. Currently the Cape Fear region is not under any threat. Thankfully, a high pressure ridge ought to protect the Cape Fear Region and Carolinas from such tropical weather hazards.

This ridge will continue to bring plenty of heat, though! For tomorrow and Tuesday, expect more periods of scorching sunshine with slim and no 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/moderate rip current risk into next week.

Catch your seven-day forecast for Wilmington, including a hot and mainly dry end to August, 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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