Storm could become tropical depression, head toward NC
Posted June 29
Raleigh, N.C. — A storm that's churning off the coast of Florida is likely to become the first tropical depression of the season and could affect North Carolina's coast later this week, according to the National Hurricane Center.
"The models don't bring it to our coast until around late Thursday or Friday, which is a long ways away in the forecast world, so a lot can change," said WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth. "This is something that we definitely want to watch for the next couple days."
The storm is expected to become a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours and possibly a depression as early as Monday. If it develops into the first named storm of the season, it will be called "Arthur."
Meanwhile, North Carolina was being treated to a sunny summer Sunday. The weather offered a break from the intense heat and humidity that has pummeled the region lately.
The dew point will stay in the mid-50s, which means conditions won’t be so sticky. By midweek, the dew point and temperature will climb back up to the mid-60s and 90s, respectively.
The highest temperature will be Wednesday, when the mercury hits 94 degrees in Raleigh.
A cooler high of 86 degrees is forecast for the Fourth of July holiday.