Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast
More rain chances to end the week… Tropical Depression Eight will continue to move away from the North Carolina coast today. Expect another day of rough surf and a high risk for rip currents. A few isolated showers are possible but most areas will just see partly cloudy skies. Highs today will reach into the mind and upper 80s.
We are tracking a non-tropical area of low pressure that will move up the East Coast for Thursday as a cold front builds in from the west. This combo will increase our chance for showers and storms, especially for tomorrow afternoon and evening. Highs will return to the mid and upper 80s.
Tropical Depression Nine will likely strengthen to a tropical storm today, will impact northern Florida tomorrow and will move up the East Coast on Friday. We will see scattered showers/storms, gusty winds and rough surf for Friday and to start the weekend.
Today: Partly Cloudy, Isolated Showers/Storms (20%). Highs in the mid to upper 80s. Winds: NE 5-15
Tonight: Partly Cloudy, Isolated Showers/Storms (20%). Lows in the mid 70s. Winds: E/S 5-10
Tomorrow: Sun & Clouds, Scattered Showers/Storms (50%). Highs in the mid to upper 80s. Winds: W/N 5-10
Weather & Health
Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)
UV Index: 8 (Very High)
Air Quality: Moderate (Code Yellow)
Tropical Depression 8 continues moving away from the North Carolina coast. TD 8 is centered about 135 miles east of Cape Hatteras and moving NE at 15 mph. This general motion with an increase in forward speed is forecast during the next day or so. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is still possible and the depression could become a tropical storm later today.
Tropical Depression 9 is about 415 miles WSW of Tampa, Florida but is nearly stationary. A NNE motion is expected to begin later today with a turn toward the northeast on Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of the tropical cyclone will approach the northwest Florida coast on Thursday afternoon. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today and could be near hurricane strength by the time landfall occurs.
Hurricane Gaston is 1150 miles west of the central Azores and moving ENE at 15 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph with higher gusts. Gaston is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)
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