Eastern North Carolina is lucky to have beaches within a one to two-hour drive for most of us. After a wet week we should start seeing more sunshine as the weekend progresses. Still, there is a chance we could see a hit and miss shower on any day although it shouldn't mess up any outdoor plans for very long. The rip current threat has been diminishing over the past few days and it appears it should remain low for Saturday and probably the entire weekend. The relative humidity will stay high as temperatures reach the middle to upper 80s in the afternoons. Winds should be light out of the east and northeast. The weather should remain quite warm and humid into much of next week.
The next few weeks will be interesting as we watch the tropics come alive. There are two systems in the far eastern Atlantic and either one of them could become storms over the next few days. I'll continue to track them as they move slowly westward. Mid-August to mid-October is typically the most active time for hurricanes along the East Coast so a watchful eye to the tropics is always a good thing as we move deeper into the season. In the meantime enjoy the beaches if you have a chance.