First Alert Forecast: sizzling heat with storm chances on the horizon

Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 12:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2022 at 8:07 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good Thursday evening to you! Heat has been steadily building across the Cape Fear Region this week and it looks like it’s about to level off as we wrap up the workweek! Your First Alert Forecast for Friday involves widespread sizzling sunshine, very few cooling storms, and high temperatures in the middle and upper 90s - which is just a few pegs shy of the record for Wilmington for July 29: 101, set in 1993. High humidity will push the heat index to the stressful 105+ or even locally overbearing 110+ realm. Thanks for staying rested, hydrated, and neighborly!

Heading into the weekend: odds for showers and storms will trend a bit higher and temperatures will trend marginally lower in subsequent days.

Hazards in the 82-degree surf will continue to include a moderate risk of rip currents and a high chance of northbound longshore currents. Overall, the saltwater is looking friendly from a tropical storm standpoint as new development remains unlikely across the Atlantic Basin through the weekend.

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Though the Carolinas face no tropical threats now, please stay alert and prepared:

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