Picture Perfect Weekend

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Friday through the Weekend: The first weekend of fall will be splendid as high pressure builds over the region. Tomorrow will feature plenty of sunshine with only high clouds present, still allowing for a bright day. Wall to wall sunshine returns for Sunday.

Next Week: Comfy weather will linger. By Monday, afternoon highs will be back above the 80-degree mark. Overnight lows will be in the upper 50s and low 60s. The next threat for any showers won't come until the middle of next week as a weak disturbance pushes through the region.

Tropics:
Sam is a hurricane over the central Atlantic and is expected to become a major hurricane tomorrow. Sam should remain north of the Leeward Islands early next week, but rough surf and rip currents are likely to affect the islands late in the weekend. These rip current issues should spread to the East coast of the U.S. towards the latter half of next week. Long-range models continue to keep this way from the U.S. east coast. We'll continue to monitor this system.

Elsewhere in the Tropics:
The non-tropical low that is left from Odette has a narrow window to regain some tropical characteristics today about 600 miles WNW of the Azores before strong shear eliminates development chances.

An area of showers and thunderstorms a couple of hundred miles east of Bermuda. This has a low chance of development moving NNW before wind shear limits the chance of intensification.

Finally, a new tropical wave will emerge off the coast of Africa by the end of the weekend; this could spark a new tropical feature early next week.

Have a great weekend!
Robert Johnson & Kweilyn Murphy

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