Offshore storm, stalled front will mean lingering rip current risk

By on September 25, 2018

No Swimming Flag (Town of Duck)

(Town of Duck)

The combination of an area of low pressure just offshore, then a cold front that will stall over the region will bring periods of showers and a few thunderstorms toward the end of the work week.

Today will be partly cloudy before chances of showers and thunderstorms set in by evening.

Conditions will dry out this weekend with seasonably warm temperatures, but onshore winds will likely continue to keep the risk of rip currents elevated along the Outer Banks.

The National Hurricane Center has been monitoring a broad area of low pressure about 200 miles south of Cape Hatteras for possible development into a tropical depression while it moves slowly northwestward to northward.

“By Wednesday, additional development appears unlikely due to strong upper-level winds while the system moves northward and north-northeastward near the eastern United States coast,” said senior hurricane specialist Richard Pasch.

“In addition, dangerous surf conditions and rip currents are expected along portions of the North Carolina
coast,” Pasch said.

No Swimming flags were posted on Tuesday, and a high risk of rip currents is forecast to continue along the Outer Banks on Wednesday.

After the low pulls away on Wednesday, winds will shift to an offshore direction. The swell left behind will leave conditions that are still unsafe for swimming, but surfers may be pleased with a cleaner break.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast into Friday, with daytime highs around of 80 to 85 and overnight lows around 70.

The front moves out late Friday, and will leave behind sunshine and dry weather into the first week of October. Highs will be around 80 and overnight lows in the upper 60s.

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