It will feel like summer across much of eastern Carolina by the end of the week. High pressure across our region early in the week will move offshore and allow a warmer southwesterly flow to dominate the area. Temperatures will rise from the the upper 70s to lower 80s early in the week to the middle to upper 80s by Thursday afternoon. We could see our warmest readings on Friday when several inland locations will likely hit 90 degrees. The heat will last into Saturday but more clouds will come our way over the weekend. Some showers can be expected by Sunday as temperatures cool down into the lower 80s. Temperatures will stay near or above normal into early next week. Normal afternoon high temperatures are in the upper 70s with overnight lows in the middle 50s.
The drier weather conditions should enable farmers and gardeners to finally plant the items they've had to delay for a while. Also, it should be a great week for strawberry growers and those that like to pick and eat them.