The official start of summer is June 21 but it already feels like it. A true summer weather pattern has developed across eastern Carolina and will stick around for at least another week and probably longer. Temperatures will reach the lower to middle 90s Wednesday as sunshine gives way to some afternoon storms. More cloud cover and shower activity will keep temperatures closer to 90 degrees at the end of the week.
The increased moisture will be good for many farmers, gardeners and those of us who are trying to have a green lawn. As much as an inch or more of rain should fall in most locations between Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning. Shower activity will become more widely scattered as we head into the weekend but temperatures will remain near 90 degrees.
The heat shows no signs of leaving the area anytime soon. Expect afternoon highs to be near 90 degrees with overnight lows in the lower 70s to continue through much of next week. There are no active weather systems in the Atlantic Basin but it is a good idea to keep a wary eye on the tropics.