A hot and humid Fourth of July across eastern Carolina.....
A front will remain stationary overnight across northern North Carolina overnight. Widely scattered showers and storms will likely continue through the early morning hours, especially north of Highway 264.
Hot and humid conditions will continue over the Independence Day weekend. There will be more sunshine on Independence Day as afternoon highs reach the upper 80s to lower 90s. A stray storm or two will likely develop later in the day or evening.
There should be an increase in shower activity late Sunday into Monday. Afternoon highs will be in the middle to upper 80s. Most locations should receive 1" to 2" of rain between Saturday afternoon and Monday evening.
The beaches will see mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 80s on Saturday. A better chance for showers and storms will develop by late Sunday into Monday. Southwest winds at 15 to 20 knots through Saturday will decrease to 10 to 15 knots on Sunday.
The Atlantic basin is expected to remain quiet through the holiday weekend.
Independence Day: Partly to mostly sunny and hot, with a 20% risk of a late day or evening storm. Highs near 90 degrees, with southwesterly winds at 7 to 15 mph.
Saturday Night: Warm and muggy with a 20% risk of an evening storm. Lows in the lower 70s, with southwesterly winds at 4 to 8 mph.
*Small Craft Advisory from the Oregon Inlet to Cape Lookout including the Pamlico Sound*
Coastal winds will blow from the southwest at 15 to 20 knots Independence Day then diminish to westerly at 10 to 15 knots on Sunday. Wave heights will be around 3 to 5 feet offshore and 2 to 3 feet on the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
Highs will climb to the middle to upper 80s Saturday afternoon. There will be a 20% risk of late day or evening storms. Winds will blow from the southwest at around 15 to 20 mph.
Rip Risk: Moderate risk for beaches on Thursday Water Temp: Low 70s Outer Banks; Low 80s Crystal Coast UV Index: High for all beaches Wave Height: 2 to 4 feet
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