Jim’s First Alert Forecast: Beautiful days ahead; Rain chances return this weekend

Skies will stay generally clear through Wednesday
First Alert Forecast For September 19, 2023
Published: Sep. 18, 2023 at 6:24 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2023 at 5:05 AM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A welcoming northwesterly flow across the area will aid in decreasing cloud cover and keeping the humidity under control over the next several days as high pressure dominates over the region. Temperatures will start off in the cool 50s early Tuesday. Warmer oceanic temperatures along the coast will keep air temperatures slightly higher from Ocracoke to the Crystal Coast.

Heading into Tuesday, we will start off dry and cool as we gradually warm from the 50s to the low 80s during the afternoon under sun filled skies with just a hint of a north breeze. We’ll enjoy more of the same on Wednesday with temps again climbing from the upper 50s at sunrise to the low 80s for highs under sunny skies.

We’ll be keeping an eye on an area of low pressure potentially developing off the southeast coast late this week. The low is expected to lift northward late Friday into the weekend bringing rain along with it to eastern NC. Scattered showers will be possible by Friday afternoon, with widespread rain potentially settling in on Saturday into Saturday night. Right now it’s looking like most areas should exceed 1.0″ of rain. Rumbles of thunder will be possible, but severe weather is unlikely.

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Nigel in the deep Atlantic. Nigel’s track continues to stay well out to sea with no impacts on the U.S. Two other areas are currently being monitored by the NHC. A weak area of low pressure may try to develop off the southeast coast of the U.S. by late in the week. this area has a 30% chance of development. Another area located along the African coastline has a 70% chance of development late in the week. The next two names on the list are Ophelia and Philippe.

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