Some of the hottest air of the summer season is coming to eastern North Carolina this weekend into early next week. A building ridge of high pressure will settle over the Southeast United States by late Saturday and become stationary into Tuesday. The drying soils and intense sunshine will take temperatures into the lower to middle 90s inland on Saturday afternoon. By Sunday and early next week we'll see temperatures surge into the middle to upper 90s. Increasing relative humidity values will take heat index values into the 105° to 110° range. Heat advisories are likely to be posted by Sunday or the first of the week. The heat should begin to break by Wednesday and Thursday as clouds increase, along with a greater threat for showers and thunderstorms.
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