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First Warning Forecast: Coastal storm brings rain, wind, and rough surf

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Posted at 5:34 AM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 13:21:23-04

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

A wet and windy end to the work week… An area of low pressure will slide along the North Carolina and Virginia coast today and tomorrow, bringing us rain, strong winds, and rough surf. We will see mostly cloudy skies with rain wrapping in from east to west. Expect pockets of heavy rain that could trigger localized flooding. We will see a greater chance for rain near the coast and a lower chance closer to I-95. Winds will pick up today, east to northeast at 10 to 20 with gusts to near 30 mph. Highs will only reach the mid 80s today but it will still be muggy.

Rain and wind will continue for Friday. The biggest rain chance will be in the morning, gradually tapering off through the day as the low tracks up the East Coast. It will still be windy tomorrow, north to northwest at 10 to 20 mph. Highs will warm to the upper 80s tomorrow.

We are back to the summer heat, humidity, and storms this weekend. Highs will climb to the low 90s both Saturday and Sunday. Afternoon heat index values will reach 100 to 105 on Saturday and to near 100 on Sunday. Both days will see a mix of sun and clouds with scattered showers and storms popping up in the afternoon to evening.

Today: Mostly Cloudy, Showers/Storms, Windy. Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: E/NE 10-20G30

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Showers/Storms, Windy. Lows in the mid 70s. Winds: NE/N 10-20G30

Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy, Showers/Storms, Windy. Highs in the upper 80s. Winds: NW 10-20

Weather & Health

Pollen: Low (Grasses)

UV Index: 7 (High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

July 9th

Tropical Update

We are tracking an area of low pressure located about 60 miles east of Wilmington, North Carolina. The low is expected to move NE or NNE near or just offshore of the North Carolina Outer Banks today and then along the mid-Atlantic coast tonight and Friday. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for development, and a tropical or subtropical cyclone will likely form later today or tonight.

Regardless of development, the system is expected to produce locally heavy rainfall that could cause some flash flooding across portions of eastern North Carolina, the coastal mid-Atlantic, and southern New England during the next few days. Gusty winds are also possible along the North Carolina Outer Banks today, and along the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts Friday and Saturday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours: High (80%)

* Formation chance through 5 days: High (80%)

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