First Alert Forecast: high heat to kick off July

First Alert Forecast: high heat to kick off July
Shower and storm chances will be on the low end, around 20-30% for the next few days. (Source: WECT)
Shower and storm chances will be on the low end, around 20-30% for the next few days. (Source: WECT)
A seabreeze showers or storm could develop through the afternoon, with temps reaching the upper 80s and low 90s. (Source: WECT)
A seabreeze showers or storm could develop through the afternoon, with temps reaching the upper 80s and low 90s. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Early July is a traditionally hot time for southeastern North Carolina; average highs are 89 or 90 in this stretch. Each day through the 4th, a hot high pressure system will ensure that temperatures will at least meet if not exceed this toasty benchmark. Here are your forecast details for...

SUNDAY: Sun will swell temperatures to afternoon highs mainly in the lower 90s. As heat index values are likely to crest in the stressful 100 to 106 range, please be rested, hydrated, and neighborly-- check on people and pets! The chance for a pop-up, cooling, and drenching storm is small but not completely insignificant 20 to 30%.

EXTENDED FORECAST: Expect daily highs mainly in the lower 90s - with 100+ heat index values - right into the Fourth of July and slightly cooler upper 80s through the end of the week. Please continue to stay rested, hydrated, and neighborly! Nights will have 70s and 80s. Daily storm chances ought to continue to hover in the 20 to 30% range.

THE TROPICS: New tropical storm development is not likely in the Atlantic Basin - including the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and Atlantic Ocean itself - through the weekend. July is a month that merits watching for tropical storm and hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean; activity tends to spike by August and September.

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