Although it's been hot of late across the east, this is typical weather for the end of June heading into July. Average high temperatures are in the upper 80s, with average lows in the upper 60s. It looks like much of the week ahead will feature a relatively quiet pattern with only slight chance for showers. It will be hot with temperatures in the lower 90s for inland locations, with 80s along the beaches. In the past couple of weeks, we've seen clouds protect us from temperatures going through the roof. If the clouds are thick enough, it can cool temperatures as much as 4-8 degrees cooler, which wreaks havoc on forecasting temperatures. For example when the predicted high was around 100 degrees, some clouds rolled in and kept our temperatures in the mid 90s for the most part. Fayettville was the only location to hit 100 degrees that day.
The big Independence Day holiday weekend is coming up, and at this point it's looking pretty good with temperatures in the 80s and 90s, with some slight chances of isolated showers and thunderstorms. And at this point the chances of tropical development is looking slim, another positive as we head towards the holiday weekend.