WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: Mix of sun & clouds, hot & humid. Isolated sea breeze t’storm. Highs: 88 to 92 inland, 86 to 88 beaches. Southwest 10 to 15 mph.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, warm and muggy. Lows: 74 to 78 inland, 76 to 78 beaches. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
THURSDAY: Thickening clouds with scattered strong PM t’storms. Heavy downpours and damaging winds are the main threats. Highs: 90 to 94 inland, 86 to 88 beaches. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.
DISCUSSION: Finally some sunshine!!! The weather pattern that has pumped lots of Caribbean air into Eastern North Carolina will hold for the next day or so. However, a slight modification to it compared to earlier in the work week has allowed drier air to work in and will give us more sunshine today and Thursday. That sunshine will boost our temperatures into the seasonable 90s.
With that tropical air still in place there is still the chance for isolated thunderstorms to form as the inland moving sea breeze develops today.
A strong cold front will enter into our area Thursday afternoon. With the tropical air already in place over us and some sunshine early Thursday morning, strong to severe storms will develop northwest to southeast Thursday afternoon/evening. These storms will have heavy downpours plus the potential for damaging wind gusts.
The front will make its way to the coast by Friday. However a weak wave of low pressure will track offshore along it. That means more clouds and scattered showers will be possible along the coast on Friday.
That front should move out into the ocean by Saturday allowing slightly cooler and less humid air to spread in for the weekend.
TROPICS: Tropical Depression #2 has fallen apart. The remnant low pressure will continue to head into the Lee Ward and Windward Islands but it will be no threat any longer.
MARINE: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet near shore. Surf temp: 82 degrees.