Late summer can frequently mean long days of sunshine and lots of heat. We've certainly seen some warm temperatures this week as afternoon highs have flirted with 90° each day. More of the same can be expected through Thursday ahead of a cold front that will cross the area early Friday morning. Only widely scattered showers and storms will accompany the front. Much cooler and drier air will arrive just in time for the weekend. Afternoon temperatures will dip into the 70s both Saturday and Sunday. Overnight lows will fall into the comfortable 50s. It will be the first real taste of fall for eastern Carolina. A warming trend will resume by early next week.
The tropical Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico have become a bit more active over the past few days. Tropical Storm Gabrielle has strengthened near Bermuda Tuesday night but will have no impact on our weather as she moves northward. Tropical Storm Humberto is located about 3,500 miles away from the Carolina coastline and will likely develop into a minimal hurricane by Wednesday and Thursday. The storm is expected to remain well out to sea. Another system is likely to develop into a tropical storm in the southern Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Once again, it should have no impact on the weather across eastern Carolina. We'll continue the watch the tropics during the coming weeks but it should remain quiet in our local area for at least the next week or so.