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Jim’s Forecast: Staying hot, but drier; Rip risk forecast

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -

Latest Rip Current Forecast: Thursday

Duck to Oregon Inlet: LOW

Oregon Inlet to Cape Hatteras: LOW

Cape Hatteras to Cape Lookout: LOW

Cape Lookout to N. Topsail Beach: LOW

Thursday and Friday

The front that has lead to persistent showers the last few days will finally push south of the area, leaving trending drier but staying hot. The rain chance will drop to 20% Thursday afternoon, with most locations staying dry. Skies will run sunny throughout the day Friday with no rain expected. Highs over the two day stretch will warm from the upper 80s Thursday to the low 90s Friday. Heat index values will run in the low to mid 90s.

July 4th Weekend

A weak area of low pressure will start to develop to our south, but it will stay far enough from the East to keep the 4th of July mostly dry. There is a 20% chance of heat generated showers as highs will reach their peak in the low 90s in the afternoon. With dew points staying in the 70s, we’ll have a heat index in the upper 90s to triple digits. A few more rain showers will be in the works Sunday as the coastal low starts to approach the area, however we are still looking at a measly 30% chance.

Monday & Tuesday

Rain chances will increase Monday and Tuesday as the low rides the jet stream right along the NC coast. At this point, models are suggesting that the center of the low will stay offshore. If this is the case, rain chances for inland communities will be minimal while the coast will experience a few light to moderate showers. It is still possible the low swings further inland, which would lead to plenty of rain across all of the East. Highs will drop down to the mid 80s due to the increased cloud cover and northeasterly winds.

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