Warmer temperatures are on the way to eastern Carolina after an unseasonably cool weekend. Afternoon highs warmed into the lower 80s Monday and should hit the middle to upper 80s by Tuesday afternoon. We could see lower 90s by Wednesday and Thursday as southwesterly winds continue to bring warmer air into the area. Relative humidity values will increase as well giving us heat indices well into the 90s.
The increased heat and higher humidity will lead to a better chance for scattered showers and storms by Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. A cold front will approach the area Thursday afternoon giving most communities a decent shot at rainfall. The front will continue to move southward with drier conditions on the way by Friday.
The weekend is looking mainly sunny with highs in the upper 80s, except lower 80s at the beaches.
Rainfall has been sparse for the past couple of weeks although subsoil moisture remains at or slightly above normal. The crops, gardens and lawns need a drink of water as surface moisture has been reduced by the current dry spell. The overall weather pattern is generally moving into a more moist pattern as we head to mid-June and that should bring our area a better chance for occasional showers. At this time I don't see a prolonged drought situation for this summer.