The official start of summer is still four days away but eastern North Carolina has already experienced a good dose of it. Temperatures for the month of June have been averaging about 6° above normal thus far. There seems to be no let up in the heat anytime soon. Every forecast I've seen through the end of this month shows that temperatures will stay well above normal. In fact, this June may be one of the warmest ever recorded in our area. The new forecast issued by the Climate Prediction Center today indicates a continuation of hot weather for the next three months. The forecast does show near normal to slightly above normal rainfall. If the forecast verifies, we can at least expect a few showers or thunderstorms to dent the heat at times through the summer. Regardless, get ready to sweat it out until the cooler winds of fall blow through our area.