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First Alert Forecast: Larry to kick up the surf this week

Published: Sep. 6, 2021 at 2:05 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2021 at 7:49 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Happy Labor Day evening! Your First Alert Forecast period opens with powerful Hurricane Larry steaming northwestward through the open waters of the central Atlantic Ocean. Though Larry is likely to never track west of the longitude of Bermuda, the Cape Fear Region - and most of the East Coast - will feel its impact as significant long period swells extend shoreward. Expect breaking waves of one to four feet for Labor Day and Tuesday trending to three to locally seven feet from Wednesday to the weekend. With surf temperatures still around an inviting 80 degrees, swimmers should stay vigilant for rip currents. The risk for rip currents on this Labor Day is moderate; a few high-risk days are not out of the question for later in the week.

Your First Alert Forecast for Tuesday features a mix of sun and clouds along with a risk of an isolated shower or storm. After a recent period of cooler temperatures and lower humidity levels, a summery feel is back across the the Cape Fear Region with afternoon highs in the upper 80s and heat index values extending deeper in to the 90s in many cases. Sunset is 7:29.

Catch your seven-day planning forecast for Wilmington - including a modest uptick in shower and storm chances later this week - right here: http://webpubcontent.gray.tv/wect/MAXSevendayWECT.jpg. Or: customize your location and extend your outlook to a full ten days with your WECT Weather App.

Hopefully, beastly storms like Larry stay away from the Cape Fear Region through the remainder of Hurricane Season. But there is still about two-and-a-half months to go, so please make sure you stay vigilant and prepared with the resources your First Alert Weather Team outlines here: wect.com/hurricane.

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