It looks like real summer weather has returned to eastern North Carolina for a long visit. Temperatures across the area warmed into the lower 90s on Thursday and lower to middle 90s can be expected for Friday and the weekend. Very little rain has fallen across our area during the past week and that is aiding the development of more heat. Wet soil conditions require the sun to expend more energy to produce excessive heat. As the soil dry out it takes less time for the sun to heat the air each morning. The best chance for any cooling relief from showers and thunderstorms will be late Friday and Friday night as a weak cold front pushes through the region. Otherwise expect temperatures to shoot into the 90s this weekend. Heading to the beaches would be another way to get some cooling relief this weekend. Ocean temperatures are near 80° and each afternoon should feature a light sea breeze near the coast. Coastal highs should reach into the upper 80s each day.