First Alert Forecast: warmer and mainly dry as September ends, tracking Sam

Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 1:37 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 8:30 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Great to see you on this Final Monday evening of September! After a picture-perfect weekend, you can expect more bright days, clear nights, and pleasant humidity levels across the Cape Fear Region. Mornings will be a bit milder over the next few days with lows in the 60s, and for the afternoons, short-sleeve shirts ought to suffice with 80s under the sun. Rain chances also remain slim before a cold front sweeps through late in the week.

In the tropics, Sam is intensifying and the National Hurricane Center has now classified it as a major hurricane. Sam is westbound at low latitudes now for now; a break in an Atlantic high pressure ridge ought to allow the storm a northward alley in which to turn. We are also monitoring two other systems: a tropical wave, Invest 90-L, that is forecast to move off the African coast could become a tropical depression by midweek. A low pressure system just west of this wave, Invest 91-L, has similar developmental odds. Your First Alert Weather Team will continue to monitor these systems and keep you up to speed. Late September and early October are still part of the peak of Hurricane Season. Stay aware and prepared:

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