WE ARE TRACKING SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS

A WEAK FRONT PUSHES THROUGH TO END THE WEEK

HIGH PRESSURE NUDGES IN FOR THE WEEKEND

Tonight: Partly cloudy, isolated showers and storms. Lows 69-71. Winds west 5 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy, scattered showers or storms. Highs 87-92. Winds northwest 5 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, evening showers and storms. Lows 71-76. Winds northeast 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs 82-87. Winds northeast 10 mph.

Marine Forecast: The Rip Current threat is low from Virginia Beach, VA to Surf City, NC. Seas will be 2' to 3' at the Crystal Coast and on the Outer Banks. Water temperatures are near 80 at the Crystal Coast and Outer Banks. The Rivers and Sounds are in the low to mid 80s and will have a light chop on Friday. Winds will be from the northwest at 5-10 knots, becoming east at 5-10 knots in the afternoon. Low tide is at 6:01am and high tide is at 12:33pm.

Tropical Forecast: The National Hurricane Center has Tropical Storm Fred continuing to weaken over the next few days. Fred should become post-tropical and turn north and then northeast. Fred is in the middle of the Atlantic and poses no threat to land. Fred has 40 mph winds and 1005 millibars of pressure. Current movement is west-northwest at 9 mph. The current location is 760 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands. That is 21.5° North and 34.1° West.

There is a new wave about to come off the African coast, into the Atlantic. This area has only a 10 percent chance for development over the next 48 hours. The conditions improve for the formation of a tropical cyclone over the next five days. The chances will increase to 40 percent over that four day period.

Weather Summary:

We are tracking a weak front or disturbance in the StormTrack 12 Weather Center. This area of lower pressure will slip into eastern Carolina tonight. We expect about 20 percent chance of isolated showers and storms. Tonight's low will be near 70° inland and mid 70s at the coast.

The weak disturbance will cross the area early Friday morning, and we will have enough moisture in the atmosphere to keep a 30 percent chance for Scattered showers and storms in the picture for Friday. Highs will be near 90° for inland locations, while the beaches will see the mid 80s.

We will hold onto the 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms for the evening, but mainly decreasing as we lose the daytime heating on Friday night. Lows will again be near 70° inland and the mid 70s along the coast.

High School Football Forecast for Friday night:
At Kickoff, 82° and partly cloudy, isolated showers.
Halftime, 79° and partly cloudy, isolated showers.
End of the game, 76° and partly cloudy, isolated showers.

A weak front will be pushed through the region on Saturday. We will again see a need to post a 30 percent chance for scattered showers and storms. High pressure will try to fill in from behind and push the front. Highs will be a little cooler with low 80s at the beaches and the inland locations reaching the mid 80s.

StormTrack 12 meteorologists are tracking an area of high pressure trying to settle into the region on Sunday. We should see quite a bit of sunshine, but a stray or isolated shower or storm can't be ruled out.

A low will travel up the coast through the area of lower pressure Monday and Tuesday. This will bring the rain chances back to 30 percent. The better shower and thunderstorm chance appears to be Monday and Monday night.

The western Atlantic high will nudge back into the region on Tuesday into Wednesday. This will bring a drier forecast, although a typical summertime 20 to 30 percent chance of afternoon and evening showers and thundershowers can't be ruled out.

We should remain dry on Thursday, but chances will start to increase for showers and storms as a cold front heads into the region from the northwest.

Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s Sunday through Thursday. Lows will be in the upper 60s to low 70s Saturday night through Thursday night.

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Our normal high 86°, low 68°.

Meteorologist Donnie Cox