Tonight: Partly cloudy, an isolated or stray shower. Lows 68-73. Winds north 5 mph.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, scattered showers and thundershowers. Highs 83-88. Winds northeast 5 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, scattered showers. Lows 70-75. Winds north 5 mph.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, showers and thunderstorms. Highs 82-87. Winds northeast 5-10 mph.

Marine Forecast: The Rip Current threat is low from Virginia Beach, VA to Surf City, NC. Seas will be 2' to 4' 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 temperatures are in the low 80s, with a moderate chop on Saturday. Winds will be from the northeast at 10-15 knots. Low tide is at 7:16am and high tide is at 1:32pm.

Tropical Forecast: The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Fred to a Tropical Depression. Fred has 35 mph winds and a pressure of 1006 millibars. Movement is west-northwest at 9 mph. Current location is 22.3° North and 38.3° West. That is about 1275 miles southwest of the Azores. The Hurricane Center's next update is at 5pm.

A tropical wave has pushed off the African coast into the Atlantic. Conditions support possible development over the next few days. The Hurricane Center says the chances are at 40 percent over the next 48 hours and 60 percent over the next five days.

We are tracking this areas for the potential for development. The wave is currently more south than Fred and closer to the areas Danny and Erika came from. The wave will pass well south of the Cape Verde Islands over the weekend. We will have the latest keep you alert to the severe weather danger.

Weather Summary:

We are tracking a weak cold front in the StormTrack 12 Weather Center. This front will wash out as it crosses through eastern Carolina. We expect isolated showers or thundershowers tonight. It is mainly a 20 percent chance and should diminish as we lose the daytime heating after sunset. Lows will be in the upper 60s inland and low 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, 77° and partly cloudy, isolated showers.

Between the front washing out over the area or just south of the region and a weak low off the southeast coast, we will hold onto a 30 percent chance for showers and thundershowers for Saturday. Highs will be a little cooler as a high nudges in from the north, with a northeast flow and less humid air. Highs will be in the mid to low to mid 80s area wide.

East Carolina Football Pirate-Cast looks to be cloudy with a chance for scattered showers. The tailgate up until kickoff will be near 80 while dropping into the mid to upper 70s during the game.

The weak low, off the southeast coast, will bring an onshore flow and provide an 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms for Saturday night. Lows will be near 70° inland and mid 70s at the coast.

The onshore flow, from the low off the coast, and moisture in the atmosphere will provide a 40 percent shower and thunderstorm chance on Sunday. Some slow moving storms could produce the danger of downpours to be on to alert for in spots. Highs Sunday will be in the low 80s at the beaches and mid 80s inland.

StormTrack 12 meteorologists are tracking a good chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms for Labor Day on Monday. We will see mostly cloudy skies and a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The rain chances are better along the coast through Monday, with more scattered for inland areas.

The low will dissipate early next week and the western Atlantic or Bermuda high will again become the main feature. This area will settle in and push a low back into the southern Gulf Coastal States.

We will see a return to a summer pattern Tuesday through the end of the week. Highs will warm again to slight above normal and the humidity will sneak back into the picture.

This will bring the chance for an afternoon or evening shower or thunderstorm mid to late next week. The chances will be the typical 20 to 30 percent.

Highs will be in the mid 80s to near 90° Monday through Friday. Lows will be in the upper 60s to low 70s Sunday night through Friday night.

You can always get the latest forecast and weather information on NewsChannel 12, wcti12.com, the StormTrack 12 weather app and our social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Our normal high 86°, low 68°.

Meteorologist Donnie Cox