First Alert Forecast: late summer sizzles, Fiona intensifies

Your First Alert Forecast from Mon. evening, Sept. 19, 2022
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 4:00 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 5:31 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Great to see you late on this Monday. Your First Alert Forecast features toasty late summer weather as a sunny high pressure ridge supports daily high temperatures mainly in the upper 80s and lower 90s through Thursday. Some mainland corners of the Cape Fear Region may even dig deeper into the 90s on occasion. Middle 80s are average for this portion of September.

Fall will officially arrive with the autumnal equinox at 9:03 p.m. Thursday evening, and a cold front should pass at this time or not long after. Days will be mild to warm behind this front; nights and mornings ought to take a decidedly crisper turn with a nice drop in humidity. Despite this sharp transition, odds for significant rainfall will stay low.

This week, Hurricane Fiona is likely to track 400 or more miles off the Carolina Coast. Though Fiona will grow very large and strong, its track clearance should be sufficient to preclude any direct Cape Fear storm impacts. Indirectly, though, Fiona will generate a period of heavier surf and rip current activity starting midweek, so please be alert.

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