WE ARE TRACKING A HOPEFUL BREAK FROM THE HEAT WAVE

WEEKEND SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOP

TEMPERATURES MAY NOT BREAK 90° EARLY NEXT WEEK

Overnight: Partly cloudy, muggy and isolated thundershowers. Lows 75-80. Winds southwest 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Afternoon showers and storms, hot and humid. Highs 89-95. Winds south 5-10 mph.

Saturday Night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows 73-78. Winds southwest 5-10 mph.

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms possible. Highs 88-93. Winds south 5-10 mph.

Tropical Forecast: We are tracking a couple of areas in the Atlantic Basin with a potential for tropical cyclone development. The first is a disturbance that will head toward the Leeward Islands and Caribbean. It is about 1200 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and moving west at 25 miles per hour. There is a 20 percent chance for development over the next 48 hours and a 30 percent chance over the next five days.

The second area is a low and tropical wave located a few hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands. There is a 40 percent chance for development over the next 48 hours and 50 percent chance over the next five days. As this wave heads west or west-northwest, it is expected to encounter less favorable conditions early next week. We are tracking these areas and the rest of the tropics to keep you alert to the severe weather danger.

Marine Forecast: Seas will be 2' to 4' at the Crystal Coast and on the Outer Banks. Water temperatures are low 80s at the Crystal Coast and Outer Banks. The Rivers and Sounds are in the mid 80s and will have a moderate chop on Saturday. Winds will be from the southwest 10-15 knots for the Crystal Coast and on the Outer Banks. High tide is at 10:29am and low tide is at 4:28pm.

Weather Summary:

We are tracking a break in the heat in the StormTrack 12 Weather Center. You will see partly cloudy skies and muggy conditions for overnight. There is still a slight chance for a shower or thundershower in eastern Carolina. This will be especially true in the northern sections of the viewing area. Lows will be in the mid 70s inland and near 80° at the coast.

The area of lower pressure east of the Appalachians into the Piedmont will drift east on Saturday. A disturbance will ride along as well and create a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon and evening. You will see hot and humid conditions, with a Heat Index above 100° on Saturday. Highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s at the beaches and low to mid 90s inland.

The 30 percent chance for showers and storms will continue on Saturday night. The high will weaken and retreat into the Atlantic. A cold front will try to slide south into Virginia. You will see lows in the mid 70s inland and upper 70s along the coast.

A wave or disturbance slide east through Virginia on Sunday. This will keep the rain chances south into our area, especially in the afternoon. The clouds will increase and the shower and thunderstorm chance will be about 50 percent. A low over Lake Erie will trail a cold front south and west along the Ohio River. Highs will be in the upper 80s at the beaches and low 90s inland.

StormTrack 12 meteorologists are tracking the front dropping into the Piedmont on North Carolina. This increases the showers and thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday to about 60 percent. The front will be draped through our region on Tuesday and bring the best chance for showers and thunderstorms of the two days.

The front will remain in the area or just south of the region on Wednesday. It will begin to wash out and keep a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in place for mid-week.

The front will dissolve as it drifts offshore and leave only a stray or isolated shower or thunderstorm chance. This will be mainly early, otherwise partly to mostly sunny skies for the region.

High pressure will become the main feature Thursday and especially Friday. This will keep us partly to mostly sunny and the temperatures near normal for this time of the year.

Highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s Monday through Friday. Lows will be in the mid 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 89°, low 72°.

Meteorologist Donnie Cox