THURSDAY NIGHT:  Variably cloudy with scattered storms marching northwest to southeast. Lows: 74 to 78 inland, 76 to 80 beaches. Light southerly wind.

FRIDAY: Variably cloudy Scattered storms especially east of highway 17. More sun and less storms further inland. Highs: 88 to 92 west, 84 to 88 east. Variable wind 5 to 10 mph.

MARINE: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Light chop on adjacent rivers and sounds.

WEATHER SUMMARY: We are tracking a cold front that will be a major player in our weekend weather. That front will slowly cross from northwest to southeast overnight. As it crosses we could see a scattered storm or two, but most of us should remain dry.

That front will hang up near the coast on Friday. This means areas east of Highway 17 will have the best chance of seeing storms in the afternoon. The added cloud cover will also keep eastern counties in the mid 80s. Meanwhile, areas west of Highway 17 will see more sun and temperatures into the 90s.

By Saturday that front slips even further off the coast. But with it being just close enough as a wave of low pressure track offshore we could still see some scattered afternoon storms at along the Crystal Coast towards the southern Outer Banks.

It looks like the heat rebuilds by the middle of next week.

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Our normal high 89°, low 72°.

---Meteorologist LES STILL