A Bit More Heat, A Bit Less Rain On Wednesday........
A stagnant weather pattern will continue across eastern Carolina through Wednesday. A bit more sunshine should take afternoon highs near 90 degrees before a few showers and storms develop by early afternoon. Heat indices will be well into the 90s by the afternoon.
A cold front will approach eastern Carolina from the northwest on Thursday with showers and storms likely after midday. A few strong storms are possible Thursday afternoon and evening. Temperatures will likely hit 90 degrees in most locations before any storms arrive.
Tropical Depression #2 is moving west in the Atlantic and is expected to weaken over the next few days.
The depression's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday morning were 35 mph. The depression was centered about 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest at 20 mph.
Little change is strength is expected Wednesday, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says some weakening is expected by Thursday. The depression is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure by late Thursday or Friday.
Wednesday: Hot and sticky with a 30% risk of mainly afternoon storms. Highs near 91 degrees, with heat indices in the upper 90s. Southwest winds at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night: Muggy with a 20% risk of evening showers. Lows in the middle 70s. Southwest winds at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy skies with afternoon showers and thunderstorms likely. A few strong to severe storms are possible. Highs will reach the low 90s with southwest winds at 7 to 12 mph. Rain chance: 60%.
Winds will be out of the southwest at 10 to 15 knots Wednesday, climbing to 15 to 20 knots on Thursday. Offshore wave heights will run 2 to 3 feet. Swells will run around 1 to 2 feet on the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy, with a 30% risk of showers. Winds will blow from the southwest at 10 to 15 mph.
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