It looks like the heat will continue across our area for the next week. Over the weekend there were strong to severe storms that moved southeast across the Middle Atlantic States. The first batch of storms Friday night hit many communities across Maryland and Virginia. A few strong to severe storms developed Saturday night near the border of Virginia and North Carolina. By Sunday afternoon there were numerous severe storms that came through eastern North Carolina with over half of the area covered by severe thunderstorm warnings. The storms have been moving southeast around a strong ridge of high pressure across the South. The ridge will continue to pump hot air across the area for the next week. Highs will range in the lower to middle 90s with heat indices between 100° and 103° each afternoon. After a brief respite from the storms on Monday it appears the atmosphere will become increasingly unstable by midweek. So expect to see some scattered thunderstorms on Independence Day. Maybe we'll still be able enjoy the fireworks. After Thursday it looks like a return to mainly dry and hot conditions that will keep highs in the 90s with only a stray thunderstorm. Summer is here to stay for a while.