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We are in for a summer like day as we close in to the start of fall. Highs today will reach the upper 80s and the low 90s. There's also a small chance for a pop up shower this afternoon, but most of us will stay dry.

Above average temperatures will stick around through the end of the week thanks to high pressure building in. Highs will start to cool down through the weekend with mostly sunny skies.

--Jose continues to move north off the North Carolina coast as a Category 1 hurricane. Jose will move into cooler water later today and this will cause the tropical cyclone to weaken to a tropical storm. Jose will impact coastal areas of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coastal areas with bands of rain and gusty winds starting later tomorrow and lasting through Wednesday night, perhaps through Thursday. The worst of the impacts will occur closer to eastern Long Island and southeast New England, especially Cape Cod, Nantucket, Block Island and Martha's Vineyard. Heavy rain and wind gusts between
50-60 mph will be possible across these areas. Large waves, dangerous rip currents and beach erosion will batter the East Coast beaches for much of this week. Jose may stall off the New England Coast later this week and gradually weaken to a non tropical low pressure area by the end of the week.

-Meanwhile, Maria has rapidly strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane just east southeast of the island of Dominica in the Lesser Antilles. Further strengthening is expected as it moves west-northwestward through the Caribbean Islands and Maria should become a Category 4 hurricane. It is possible it could intensify into a Category 5 hurricane based on how fast it has intensified this morning. Where the hurricane tracks will determine how much land interaction it has with Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. The southern Leewards, northern Windwards, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola are expected to be highly impacted by this very dangerous hurricane this evening through Thursday with wind damage, flash flooding and higher terrain mudslides. The hurricane will track near or over the Turks and Caicos Islands Thursday night and Friday and then track just east of the Bahamas this weekend.

Have a great day!
Brittany Bell

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