A strong cold front moved through the east on Saturday evening, dropping our temperatures dramatically for Sunday into early next week. Unfortunately we saw very little moisture with the front. A strong area of high pressure from the northern plains will continue to head our way the next couple of days with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees below normal. Although it will be cooler, with high temperatures in the 60s and 70s and overnight lows in the 40s and 50s, dry conditions will combine with strong winds increasing the fire danger. More importantly our weather pattern looks dry through much of next week. The drought monitor has eastern Carolina under abnormally dry conditions and this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. The next chance for rain will come mid week, but at this point it's not looking significant. There's another slight chance for rain at the end of the week, but again, it's not looking significant. After we start the week with temperatures in the 70s, we'll see temperatures warming into the 80s, perhaps intensifying the threat for fires. With the very dry conditions in place, it is advised not to burn until we get significant rain.
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