Tropical Storm Gert expected to form

A southwesterly flow is expected to increase over the western Atlantic ahead of a shortwave trough in the northeastern USA, which will help the storm accelerate northeastward.

Summertime heat and humidity continue into next week. At this time, the storm is not a threat to the USA mainland.

Showers could begin as early as 10AM on Tuesday and last through the evening.

Somewhat drier air will limit rain chances by late week.

Highs will be mostly in the lower 90's with some mid 90's at times.

Tropical Storm Gert has formed in the Atlantic basin and is expected to strengthen over the next several days.

The depression had winds of 35 miles per hour. It will likely stay east of the United States as its travels from its formation spot east of the Bahamas. There is some chance that wave heights could increase and that rip currents could be a bigger risk at the NC beaches.

The disturbance is forecast to move northwestward through the weekend and to turn northeastward - away from the USA coast - early next week.

Vanessa Coleman