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First Alert Forecast: front to spark storms and then bring a cooler change

As a cold front marches through, it will spark up the chance for showers and storms late Wednesday into early Thursday. (Source: WECT) As a cold front marches through, it will spark up the chance for showers and storms late Wednesday into early Thursday. (Source: WECT)
The National Hurricane Center official forecast track for Harvey suggests a high likelihood that the system will directly impact the western coastline  of Gulf of Mexico... including parts of Texas. (Source: WECT) The National Hurricane Center official forecast track for Harvey suggests a high likelihood that the system will directly impact the western coastline of Gulf of Mexico... including parts of Texas. (Source: WECT)
Expect a relief from the heat and humidity in the coming days as dew points lower to the 60s. (Source: WECT) Expect a relief from the heat and humidity in the coming days as dew points lower to the 60s. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

With heat, humidity, and drenching storms... we've been cruising on classic August weather for a while. But, a front is about to shake things up! Ahead of the front, expect an uptick in shower and storm chances between Wednesday and Thursday. Behind the front, a northern high and an offshore storm - perhaps a tropical storm - will team-up to funnel cooler breezes into the Carolinas this weekend.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DETAILS: Expect a scattered coverage of showers and storms this evening and overnight. Stay alert! Given slightly stronger low-level wind fields, there is a marginal risk that some storm cells could produce strong gusts. Low temperatures are projected to be in the middle 70s with southwest winds ahead of the approaching font. 

EXTENDED FORECAST HIGHLIGHTS: Drier air is likely to infiltrate the region on fresh northeasterly breezes, so confidence in showers and storms will drop from 30 to 40% Thursday to the skimpier 10 to 20% range Friday and Saturday. Also in that time, expect daily highs mainly in the lower to mid 80s and nights as cool as the 60s... especially inland. For the beaches, an enhanced rip current threat may develop this weekend and continue into next week. High temperatures will hover in the middle to low 80s with a 30-40% chance for showers and storms through midweek. 

TROPICS: The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey have regenerated in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center. Harvey could bring heavy rain and squalls to the western Gulf Coast region through the end of the weekend. A Hurricane Watch is even effective for part of Texas. Tropical storm development is also possible north and east of the Bahamas by this weekend, but the good news remains: there do not appear to be any landfalling tropical storm threats to the Carolinas.

STAY PREPARED THIS HURRICANE SEASON: Your First Alert Weather Team is offering digital resources for you and your family to stay alert and prepared. Please refer to our comprehensive Hurricane Survival Guide on your WECT Mobile Weather App or, online, by clicking HERE.

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