Hot and humid conditions have persisted across eastern Carolina over the past few weeks. Cold fronts have not been strong enough to push through the area but that could change late this week. A cold front will push to the North Carolina coast on Thursday and push just offshore before dissipating over the weekend. It will give us a bit of relief with afternoon temperatures reaching the middle to upper 80s rather than 90s. The relative humidity may also lower slightly on Friday and Saturday before coming back into the area by Sunday and early next week.
Overall, the summer has been wetter than normal with showers and storms occurring on a regular bases. Rainfall in much of the area is about 4 to 6 inches above normal for the year. Little change in the overall pattern is expected into August with near to above normal rainfall expected. Consequently, let's enjoy whatever break we can get.