It will be warm but temperatures will remain a bit below normal across eastern Carolina on Thursday. Afternoon highs will reach the middle to upper 80s in most locations with moderate humidity levels. We should see partly to mostly sunny skies throughout the day, with a stray shower possible.
The Bermuda Ridge will build westward into eastern Carolina by Friday and the weekend. The ridge will push increasing moisture back into the area as a moist southeast to southerly flow develops. Scattered showers should develop by Friday afternoon or evening and continue intermittently through the weekend. The slow-moving showers and high moisture content of the air will produce locally heavy downpours, with localized flooding possible. Temperatures will remain in the muggy, middle 80s Friday through Sunday.
As of Wednesday evening, a tropical wave deep in the Atlantic has a 50% chance of becoming a named storm within the next 5 days. The system will be in the vicinity of Puerto Rico by early Sunday. There is a great deal of uncertainty in the track and intensity beyond the upcoming weekend.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear and mild. Lows in the middle 60s, with calm winds.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and warm with a stray shower possible during the afternoon. Highs in the middle to upper 80s. Southeast winds at 4 to 8 mph.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy and muggy. Lows near 70 degrees. Southeast winds at 2 to 5 mph.
Winds will blow from the east at 5 to 12 knots Thursday through Friday. Offshore wave heights will run 2 to 4 feet. Swells will run around 1 foot on the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
Skies will be mostly sunny on Thursday, with breezes from the east at 5 to 12 mph.
Updated: 11:47 AM
- With thunderstorms brewing deep in the Atlantic, the potential for the next tropical system to be named is high over the next five days. Bertha would be the 2nd named storm of the hurricane season.