Jul 3, 2014 5:15 AM by Dave Baker
Arthur has become the first hurricane of the 2014 season. It reached the status earlier this morning when recon aircraft found winds of 75 mph. Hurricane Arthur is still near the South Carolina coastline and is forecast to drift northward to near the Outer Banks area of North Carolina. Hurricane Warnings have been issued up to the Virginia border. The latest forecast models move the center near the coast of North Carolina, and then have Arthur move northeastward, just east of the coast of New England before moving into Canada.
A weak front has ushered in some drier air this morning and it feels a little more comfortable. Dew points have dropped into the upper 60s and low 70s. The front is still in place, so a few scattered storms are still possible later today.
Right now it looks like the 4th of July will be hot and dry. Temperatures in the low 90s. The rest of the weekend will see increasing humidity and a slight chance for showers each afternoon. Highs will stay in the low 90s, lows in the 70s.