One of the most prolonged stretches of 90 degree or higher heat will hit eastern Carolina this week. Monday's high at the WITN Weather Station hit 91 and little relief is expected for the remainder of the week. In fact, we should see afternoon highs in the lower to middle 90s through Saturday. There will be some cooling relief in the form of a few thunderstorms but that chance will be only about 20% to 30% each afternoon. Overnight lows will bottom out in the warm and sticky 70s.
Of course, there is nothing unusual about 90 degree heat in July. In fact, the average afternoon temperature is 90 degrees, with overnight lows in the lower 70s. So far the summer has been wet with temperatures averaging just slightly above normal. Little change in the overall pattern is expected for the remainder of the month. Expect an increase in showers by the end of the weekend as another cold front approaches from the northwest.
The beaches would be one way to find some relief. Afternoon highs should hold in the middle to upper 80s along the waterfront. Lots of sunshine can be expected through the week with only isolated showers.