A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OFF THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST IS GETTING OUR WEEKEND OFF TO A WET START, ESPECIALLY IN THE COASTAL AREAS… HOWEVER, SUNDAY SHOULD BE MUCH BETTER WITH LOWER HUMIDITY LEVELS… MORE RAIN IS POSSIBLE ON TUESDAY

It’s not going to be a good beach day today (Saturday) and for you boaters, I would not venture out. The pressure gradient between an area of low pressure off the NC coast and high pressure area well to our north will cause northeasterly winds to be relatively strong across the coastal waters, especially this afternoon. Rain has been affecting some parts of SE VA and NE NC this morning and it appears that the rain will only slowly taper off as we head through the day. Inland areas have been dry for the most part this morning. Rain amounts have varied greatly throughout the area the past few days. In my neighborhood, we picked up about an inch of rain since this system began affecting our region. Some areas have received much more, especially parts of NE NC. The northeasterly winds today are expected to bring up the tides, but only minor coastal flooding is expected. Also, the rip current threat will be elevated today. As the low pressure area slowly moves away, conditions will improve, and by Sunday, we should dry out and it could turn out quite nice. The good news is that we get a break from the heat. Monday should also be pleasant but rain chances will again begin increasing as another frontal system approaches. At this time, forecasters believe that the highest rain chances should be on Tuesday or Tuesday night. The tropical Atlantic continues to be free of tropical cyclones. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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