Spring will get an early start across eastern North Carolina this week. We'll see highs in the upper 70s Wednesday and near 80° both Thursday and Friday. The only exception is along the immediate coast where highs will average in the lower 70s. High pressure will sit just off the Southeast coast and will give our area a light southwesterly breeze. This week will not be the end of the warm conditions. A cool front may knock temperatures down closer to 70° over the weekend but we'll see another warm surge early next week. Temperatures by the middle of next week could reach near record levels in many locations. We would need to see highs approaching the middle 80s to reach record levels. I don't know that it will get that warm but it should be close.
All of this warmth means our growing season will get off to a much faster start this year than over the last couple of years. There will be a few showers to help out the agricultural interests but widespread rainfall is unlikely for the next week to 10 days. Those of us who enjoy golfing, boating, fishing and other outdoor activities will get an early bonus this year.
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