A strong surge of heat will move into eastern Carolina on Tuesday and linger through Wednesday. Temperatures will reach the lower to middle 90s with heat indices around 100 degrees or slightly higher. A cold front will approach eastern Carolina by late Wednesday and Thursday then stall over the area Friday. The front will bring an increase in cloud cover and a good chance for showers. Current forecasts suggest a general rainfall of 1 to 2 inches between Wednesday night and Saturday. The cloud cover and showers will lower temperatures into the upper 80s Thursday and Friday.
The front will move northward then dissipate over the weekend leading to less shower activity and more sunshine. Temperatures are likely to rebound to 90 or lower 90s by Saturday and Sunday. Relative humidity values will stay high so heat indices will be well into the 90s.
Hurricane Arthur hit the North Carolina coast near Shackleford Banks on Thursday night as a Category 2 Hurricane. Arthur was the earliest hurricane hit ever recorded along the North Carolina coast. The last July hurricane to hit us was Hurricane Bertha on July 12, 1996. Bertha was a Category 2 storm as well. The tropics are quiet again with little or no activity is expected this week. Mid-August to early October is the most likely time for tropical troubles in our area.