While a high pressure system to our north kept us dry through the weekend, the stretch of dry weather is coming to an end. Rain will move in to the East early Monday morning from the south to southwest. Showers will be intermittent throughout the day, with the heaviest rain expected in the AM hours. Temps will struggle to reach the mid 80s, with most areas maxing out between 82° and 84°.
The rain will slowly taper off Monday night, leaving eastern Carolina mostly dry by Tuesday and Wednesday. There will still be a few lingering showers, however the chance of continued rain fall over Tuesday and Wednesday will be 20%. The drier weather will usher in warmer temperatures. Highs will reach the upper 80s through Friday.
Labor Day weekend is looking partly to mostly sunny with a slight chance of a few drops on Saturday and Sunday. Temps will be in the mid to upper 80s.
Tropical Storm Fred has formed off the coast of African, becoming the sixth named storm of the 2015 hurricane season.
As of 5 pm Sunday, Fred had sustained winds of 65 mph with gusts up to 75 mph. It is moving to the northwest towards the Cape Verde Islands at 16 mph. It will impact the Island chain by Monday afternoon, then turn westerly.
Strengthening is expected over the next 24 to 48 hours. Fred will max out as a category 1 hurricane by Monday afternoon. Once it clears the Cape Verde Islands, it will weaken as it encounters cooler waters and strong upper level winds. The National Hurricane Center has indicated the system will become a tropical depression by Friday.
Fred is currently about 4000 miles from the Carolina coast. There is a very low chance of Fred making it across the Atlantic, but if it does manage to hold together, it won't reach the U.S. until after Labor Day.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with rain showers through the day. Heaviest showers expected in the morning. Highs in the low to mid 80s with winds from the southwest at 4 to 8 mph.
Monday Night: Showers slowly dwindle. Lows in the low 70s with winds from the southwest at 3 to 6 mph.
Tuesday: Partly to mostly sunny skies. A few left over showers possible. Highs in the upper 80s with winds from the south to southwest at 6 to 12 mph.
Winds will be from the south to southeast at 10 to 15 knots on Monday. Wave heights will be around 2 to 4 feet offshore and 1 to 2 feet on the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
Rain is expected along the coast early and will be scattered through the day. Highs will run the in low 80s with winds from the southwest at 6 to 12 mph.
Rip Risk: Moderate risk Crystal Coast ; Moderate risk Outer Banks Water Temp: Low 80s Outer Banks; Low 80s Crystal Coast UV Index: Moderate for all beaches Wave Height: 2 to 4 ft. Outer Banks; 1 to 2 ft. Crystal Coast
- Rescue crews jumped off boats and trudged through mud, rocks and uprooted trees Saturday to reach communities cut off by a tropical storm that killed at least 20 people and left nearly 50 missing in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica.
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