The heat will build across eastern North Carolina as we head into the first week of summer. Temperatures reached 90° across inland communities Tuesday and lower 90s can be expected by afternoon through Friday and possibly longer. The first half of June was fairly comfortable with below normal temperatures. It appears that the next 4 to 6 days will try to balance that coolness with a blast of heat. We have also seen a noticeable decrease in moisture over the past two weeks. The dryness has been largely responsible for the the Croatan Forest Fire this week.
The heat and dryness will stick around much of this week but some changes should be on the way by late in the weekend or early next week. A strong cold front will cross the area by Monday ushering in cooler air at that time. It is difficult to say whether we'll see much in the way of shower activity but at least the temperatures will feel better for most of us. The remainder of the summer seems to be on track from the original forecast. It is unlikely that we'll see the severe heat that was experienced last summer. Also, it still appears that showers will be more common this year. Some locations only received 2 or 3 inches during June and July last year. I expect we'll do much better this year. I'll give an update once we get into the first half of July.
Meanwhile the National Hurricane Center has named our third storm of the season in the Atlantic. "Chris" is just south of Newfoundland and moving away. It will not impact our area.