THURSDAY: Mostly sunny, hot and humid. Isolated afternoon thundershower east of Highway 17. Highs: 88 to 92 inland, 84 to 86 beaches. Variable wind 5 to 10 mph.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear with patchy ground fog late. Lows: 70 to 74 inland, 74 to 76 beaches. Light wind.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny for afternoon. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Highs: 86 to 90 inland, 86 to 88 beaches. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
MARINE: West wind 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest by afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Light chop on adjacent rivers and sounds. The Rip Current threat is low. High tide at Atlantic Beach is at 11:40 a.m. and low tide is at 6:03 p.m.
Tropical Forecast: We are watching a wave coming off the African coast that has a 40% chance of development in the next 5 days. But no tropical cyclone formation is immediately expected in the Atlantic.
Tropical Storm Fred is heading west-northwest and will be no threat to any land as it eventually degenerates in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean over the next couple days.
We are tracking high pressure in the StormTrack 12 Weather Center. The high will be settling into eastern Carolina for a couple of days. High temperatures will warm to near 90° for the inland areas while the beaches will see mid 80s.
We expect Thursday to be mainly dry again, with the heating of the day and sea breeze working together to bring an isolated chance for a stray shower. Highs will be in the low 90s inland and the beaches will remain in the mid 80s.
StormTrack 12 meteorologists are tracking a weak disturbance and front crossing the area on Thursday night into Friday. We will see a 30 percent chance of showers and isolated thundershowers.
This should pass through by Saturday as another high builds into the region. We should be mainly dry for the weekend.
Even though we look for dry conditions Saturday and Sunday, a weak area of lower pressure will be off the coast. Most showers should remain offshore and south of the region. I expect isolated spots could see a stray shower, but those will be scattered.
Monday and Tuesday will kick off the new week with partly cloudy skies and a slight chance for scattered showers and isolated thundershowers.
Monday is Labor Day, the holiday forecast looks typical for early September. So your outdoor activities should be good, but don't be surprised if a brief shower pops up, especially in the afternoon.
Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s Friday through Tuesday. Lows will be in the upper 60s to low 70s Thursday night through Tuesday night.
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Our normal high 86°, low 69°.
---Meteorologist LES STILL