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Unsettled weekend ahead, but still cooler than normal

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Most of July was wetter than normal and cooler than normal and that's exactly how the first few days of August will be in North Carolina.  Also, as we start August, a new tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic.  Tropical Storm Bertha formed last night, but the track should keep it away from the North Carolina coast.

A warm front along the coast will help lift moisture from the Atlantic and produce widespread showers over central North Carolina.  There will also be a chance of a storm during the afternoon.  With clouds, temperatures will generally stay in the 70s today.  Look for a high of 78 with more humidity.

Tonight will be cloudy with more showers and a possible storm.  Overnight lows will hang in the upper 60s.

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The warm front along the coast will become stationary over the weekend, so showers will continue in the forecast for both Saturday and Sunday.  Scattered storms will also be possible both days, mainly in the afternoon and evening.  Skies on Saturday will remain mainly cloudy and highs will be in the upper 70s.  On Sunday skies will be mostly cloudy with those scattered showers and storms possible.  Highs on Sunday will be in the lower 80s.  

With the potential for heavy amounts of rain in eastern North Carolina over the weekend, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch through Sunday that includes Cumberland, Sampson, Wayne, Wilson, and Edgecombe counties in  central North Carolina. (see map).  Two to four inches of rain will be possible over the weekend.  Small streams and low lying areas that are prone to flooding could flood this weekend if that much rain falls.

By Monday the front will start to weaken and move away.  There still could be a couple of showers and a possible storm.  With a mix of clouds and sun, highs will rebound back into the mid 80s.

By Tuesday skies will be partly sunny with just a slight risk of a storm.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the upper 80s.

On Wednesday it will be hot again with highs around 90, but it shouldn't rain as skies will be partly sunny. 

The National Hurricane Center upgraded the area of thunderstorms in the Atlantic Ocean to Tropical Storm Bertha late Thursday night.  The forecast track will bring the storm through the Caribbean and east of The Bahamas this weekend before turning it northeast early next week.  The official forecast track from the National Hurricane Center has Bertha staying offshore away from the North Carolina coast.

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