First Alert Forecast: eyeing T.S. Ian, an early week warm up ahead

Your First Alert Forecast for Sat. night Sep. 24, 2022
Published: Sep. 24, 2022 at 2:00 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2022 at 11:41 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good to see you this Saturday evening! After widespread middle and upper 40s in southeast North Carolina this morning, highs recovered back into the 70s this afternoon. Tonight will be mostly clear and about ten degrees milder with lows in the upper 50s and lower 60s. As we start the new week highs will soar deep into the 80s for Sunday and Monday with higher humidity expected. Temperatures will trend down later in the week and tropical moisture from Ian will raise rain chances late in the week.

Ocean water temperatures ought to remain in the enticing lower 80s, despite the cold front, for the next few days. Swells are diminishing now that Hurricane Fiona is out of the picture. However, look for Coast Flood Advisories near high tide thanks to a new moon.

Tropical Storm Ian formed out of Tropical Depression Nine in the Caribbean Sea late Friday night. The most likely scenario for Ian: it intensifies as it tracks over or near Florida next week. Impacts for the Carolinas are likely late next week as a track west of our area now appears more likely.

Tropical Storm Hermine formed out of Tropical Depression Ten in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean. It is expected to weaken amid harsh upper-level winds by early next week.

Post-Tropical Cyclone Fiona plowed into Nova Scotia early Saturday morning with ferocious 100+ mph wind gusts. Farther east, Tropical Storm Gaston has weakened near the Azores.

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