WE ARE TRACKING A SUMMER PATTERN AGAIN

HOT AND HUMID, WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES

HIGHER HEAT INDEX MID TO LATE-WEEK

Tonight: Partly cloudy, warm and muggy. Lows 71-76. Winds southwest 5-10 mph.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, isolated thundershowers. Highs 90-95. Winds south 5-10 mph.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, muggy and warm. Lows 72-77. Winds southwest 5 mph.

Thursday: Partly cloudy, isolated thundershowers. Highs 92-97. Winds southwest 5-10 mph.

Marine Forecast: The Rip Current threat is low for Virginia Beach, VA to Surf City, NC. Seas will be 2' to 4' at the Crystal Coast and 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 Wednesday. Winds will be from the southwest at 10-15 knots at the Crystal Coast and the Outer Banks. Low tide is at 7:04am and high tide is at 1:14pm.

Weather Summary:

We are tracking high pressure in the StormTrack 12 Weather Center. It is the Bermuda high, pushing back in from the Atlantic. This is a summertime pattern setting up again, across the region. In fact, the southeastern part of the country will see this pattern. For eastern Carolina, we will see a warm and muggy night. Lows will be in the low 70s inland and mid 70s at the coast.

The high will restrict the amount of showers and thunderstorms. Wednesday will carry only a 20 percent chance of afternoon thundershowers. Hot and humid, with partly cloudy skies will be the main feature. Highs will be near 90 at the beaches and low to mid 90s inland.

After we lose the heating of the day, Wednesday night will return to partly cloudy, muggy and warm conditions. Lows will be in the low 70s inland and upper 70s along the coast.

The high pressure will push back to the west and continue to be in well in place over our area on Thursday. We will see mainly dry conditions, with partly cloudy skies. We can't rule out a renegade shower or thundershower, but those chance are less than 20 percent and isolated at best. Highs will be in the low 90s on the beaches and the mid 90s inland.

StormTrack 12 meteorologists are tracking a consistent pattern, with hot and humid conditions and mainly dry through Thursday.

Any rain chances through Thursday will be those slight or isolated chances at 20 percent or less. That means the majority of the area will be dry. Temperatures will continue to be about 3° to 6° above normal for July.

The high may weaken slightly by Friday. A weak front will head southeast and possible bring a shower or thunderstorm chance late Friday or Friday night. That chance is only 20 to 30 percent.

The front will sink south and skirt along the eastern Carolina coast. This will bring a 30 percent chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. The best chance will be Saturday night into Sunday.

The front will move to the north as a warm front on Sunday. Behind that front, we will see warm and muggy conditions, but the rain chances will go down again.

Monday and Tuesday will be partly cloudy and isolated chances for thundershowers.

Highs will be near 90 to the mid 90s Friday through Tuesday. Lows will be in the low to mid 70s Thursday night through Tuesday night.

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Our normal high 90°, low 71°.

Meteorologist Donnie Cox