So far eastern North Carolina has seen temperatures remain near normal. Temperatures last month averaged between 1 and 2 degrees above normal while rainfall was slightly below normal. So far in July we've seen cooler than normal temperatures while rainfall has increased. Temperatures during the summer months are controlled largely by the amount of cloud cover and shower activity. Over the past few summers we've seen drought conditions and warmer than normal temperatures. Since rainfall has been near average this year, temperatures have remained fairly close to the long-term averages. The forecast for the remainder of the summer calls for near normal temperatures and rainfall. It would be welcome news for humans as well as plant life.