June has been fairly pleasant across our area but weather conditions are getting ready to change. A large area of high pressure will build across the eastern half of the United States over the next 5 to 7 days. The high will act as a heat pump and will take temperatures across eastern North Carolina well into the 90s to 100° by Friday and the weekend. Relative humidity values will slowly increase late in the week pushing heat indices to about 105°. Heat advisories are likely to be issued at that time for much of the area. It may be a good time to take a look at a vacation to the beaches or mountains where temperatures will be slightly cooler.
There is little chance for showers through the weekend although much of the area received beneficial rainfall over the past 24 to 36 hours. The rain helped area farmers and gardeners by putting much need moisture into the soil. Lawns are looking great across the area as well. The intense heat later in the week will take a toll of the vegetation but for now most of crops and gardens look good. The overall forecast for July indicates near normal rainfall, which would mean about 5 to 6 inches for most communities. It would be great news if it turns out that way.