Early forecasts for this summer are indicating a hot one. The Climate Prediction Center puts much of North Carolina into above normal temperatures during the period of June through September. During that same time period rainfall should average close to the long-term averages. This forecast suggests that we will not experience a significant dry period this year. I do expect some dry periods, especially from late May through June. At this point July and August look to be very warm and humid with a usual amount of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. That would mean a shower about every 3 to 4 days on average. Rainfall during late summer and early fall is always difficult to forecast well in advance due to occasional tropical systems that could impact the area. I do expect an uptick in the number of tropical storms and/or hurricanes this year and that could have an impact on our weather by late summer.