Below normal temperatures will continue across eastern Carolina through the weekend. With the exception of a few days, eastern Carolina has experienced cool to chilly temperatures for the past two months. A brief warm-up is on the way for Wednesday as highs hit the upper 70s in many locations. Another cold front will usher in much cooler air for Thursday and that will continue through the weekend. Afternoon highs will top out in the 60s and lower 70s, which is about 5° below normal for this time of year. A few showers are possible Thursday but rainfall amounts should generally average less than a tenth. A more significant system will bring a better chance for rain late in the weekend into early next week. More seasonable weather conditions are expected after the rain moves out early next week.
The long-range forecast for summer currently suggest near-normal temperatures with near to above normal rainfall. If so, it could mean another great growing season for our farmers and gardeners. Of course, tropical systems are a threat by late summer and that could always throw a wrinkle into the final harvest. I'll have more updates as we get closer to summer.