PM Update: Approaching front pushing Earl away
Weekend looking pretty awesome
We've spent much of the day under high clouds from the weakening Hurricane Earl, but an approaching cold front is pushing the storm and its back edge of high-level moisture away. Despite the high clouds, temperatures have still managed to warm quite well -- into the upper 80s or around 90 most spots. The approaching cold front promises to deliver a pleasant, if a little windy to start, first weekend of September.
Through Tonight: As Hurricane Earl departs to the northeast, clouds generally dissipate through evening, though a few more may float by as the cold front (and maybe a shower) passes by. Temperatures drop through the 80s and toward the upper 70s around sunset. By late night, much drier air will begin filtering in and lows should fall to the lower 60s in the cool spots to near 70 in the warm.
Tomorrow (Saturday): Lots of sun, cooler temperatures and dry air infiltrate the area to make this a pretty nice day. The one down side may be fairly stiff winds, from the northwest, up to about 15 or 20 mph sustained with gusts potentially around 30 mph. Highs rise to near 80.
Is this still a beach weekend? Simple answer, yes. While swimming was restricted at many regional beaches today, things are expected to be better this weekend. Large swells and potentially dangerous currents will still be possible, but area beaches such as Ocean City, Md., are expecting few or no issues. Further south in N.C., Gov. Perdue said there was no major damage and urged folks to "have a little fun and spend some money." Though most of the restrictions have been lifted in N.C., some still remain near Hatteras Island due to sand on roadways and minor flooding. If headed to areas such as Hatteras, it is worth checking with local lodging and officials before setting out.
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