Weather conditions will gradually dry out across eastern Carolina for Independence Day and the weekend. The Bermuda High will move westward allowing drier air at the mid levels of the atmosphere to overtake the region. The surface will remain fairly moist but the threat of showers and storms will be low as we head into the latter portion of the week. Temperatures will soar into the lower 90s as we see more sunshine. Heat indices could easily hit 100 degrees or higher as the weekend approaches. It appears the ridge will be fairly strong and stay in place into early next week. It will be the longest siege of hot weather so far this year. The ground should be able to dry out a bit by the weekend.
The beaches should see fairly nice conditions with lots of sunshine and highs in the middle 80s. You'll need lots of sunscreen for the remainder of the week. Ocean temperatures will be near 80 along the Crystal Coast and lower to middle 70s on the Outer Banks.