NC WEATHER: Hotter temps Wednesday, tropics heat up too


Tuesday was our second day in a row hitting 95 and our second day in a row having hotter temperatures than we had all of July.  Wednesday will be even hotter.

The other big story Tuesday besides the heat was a potential tropical system off the North Carolina coast.  A disorganized area of low pressure near the North Carolina/South Carolina border was being investigated by a Hurricane Hunter aircraft Tuesday afternoon.  While the plane did find 40 mph winds, the system is very disorganized and as of late Tuesday night only has a 10% chance of developing into a tropical system.

Conditions along the coast Tuesday were windy with higher surf and rain, but should improve the rest of this week as the system moves away to the northeast.  Strong upper level winds from the west will also keep it from impacting central North Carolina.

Overnight Tuesday into Wednesday we will have mostly dry weather with a few clouds and a morning low Wednesday down to 73.

Wednesday will be our hottest day of the week with mainly dry weather and a high near 96 with just a 20 percent chance of rain.  Heat index temperatures will top out at or above 100.  A cold front will be near North Carolina from Wednesday to the end of the week.  The slow moving front will impact the forecast, but exact position is not entirely certain at this point.

Thursday will be slightly wetter with a 40 percent chance of rain and a high of 92.  Friday still looks to be the wettest day with a 50 percent chance of rain and a high of 88.

Right now, it looks like this front will slide just to the south to start the weekend, which would mean drier, cooler and less humid conditions.  Saturday looks mostly sunny to partly cloudy with mainly dry conditions and a high of 87.

Sunday will continue mostly sunny with a high of 88.  Heat, humidity and small rain chances return early next week.  Monday and Tuesday will heat back up to near 90 with small rain chances each day.

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