Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS62 KILM 290704 AFDILM Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Wilmington NC 304 AM EDT Sun Mar 29 2020 .SYNOPSIS... High pressure offshore will keep a summer like pattern today. A dry cold frontal passage will occur tonight followed by weak high pressure Mon. A low pressure system tracking along the Gulf Coast states late Mon will push across the Carolinas Tue and Tue night the move well offshore Wed. Weak high pressure will prevail late Wed thru Thu followed by another frontal system late in the week. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH MONDAY/... High pressure remains the dominate feature in the forecast with another warm day ahead for Sunday with highs in the mid to upper 80s. A weak cold front will approach today with some increasing afternoon cloud cover and perhaps a few sprinkles along and west of I-95, but confidence was not high enough based on short term models to include in the forecast. For most the only sensible weather will be afternoon gusty winds ahead of the front, but otherwise no precipitation expected. A little cooler heading into Monday as cooler air works into the region behind the front and upper level ridge begins to lessen in strength. Highs Monday in the upper 70s is still on the warm side of average for late March. && .SHORT TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT/... Increasing clouds are expected Monday night as low pressure approaches from the Gulf Coast. Showers are probable Tuesday and Tuesday night as low pressure moves through the area. Lows Monday night will fall to the mid to upper 50s with upper 40s to lower 50s expected Tuesday night. Highs Tuesday should reach the upper 60s to lower 70s && .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... Low pressure will move away from the area Wednesday, bringing an end to the rain during Wednesday with gradually decreasing clouds. It will be cooler Wednesday and Wednesday night with highs generally in the lower 60s and lows in the middle 40s. Fair weather is expected Thursday into Friday with rain possible with the next frontal system late Friday into the weekend. Temperatures Thursday through Saturday will be seasonable for the time of year with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s and lows in the upper 40s to lower 50s. && .AVIATION /07Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/... Looking at predominate VFR conditions during the next 24 hrs. Main concerns for sub-VFR conditions revolves around the potential for sea fog that may partially move onshore affecting the coastal terminals late tonight thru midday Sun. Extended Outlook...Predominately VFR through Monday. Flight restrictions are possible Mon night thru early Wed due to the passage of a low pressure system. && .MARINE... Areas of marine fog possible through the mid morning hours with some spots getting as low as 1 NM at times for the coastal waters of NC and SC. Wave heights between 3 and 5 feet from the southwest at 5 seconds for today and tonight, with seas falling to 2 to 3 feet by Monday. Southwest winds 15 to 20 kts with gusts to 25 kts at times this afternoon could cause concern for smaller vessels navigating offshore this afternoon. Low pressure will pass near or through the area Monday night through Tuesday night resulting in winds of varying direction at speeds of 10 to 15 KT with 20 KT winds possible at times. Seas will run 2 to 4 FT during this period. In the wake of the low Wednesday and Thursday, N winds of 15 to 20 KT will become NW and diminish to 10 KT by Thursday. Seas will run 2 to 3 FT this period with 4 to 5 footers possible nearer 20 NM Wednesday into Wednesday night. && .ILM WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... SC...None. NC...None. MARINE...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...ILM NEAR TERM...MK SHORT TERM...31 LONG TERM...31 AVIATION...MK MARINE...ILM is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.