Eastern North Carolina should begin to clear by Wednesday afternoon after a long siege of cool and cloudy conditions. Last weekend's rainfall was the heaviest for many communities since September, 2006. After the rain ended winds became north to northeast and the clouds settled over the region maintaining the cool and dreary conditions. Some clearing is expected on Wednesday afternoon with mainly sunny skies on Thursday. Temperatures will respond to the increasing sunshine with highs reaching the middle and upper 60s on Wednesday and middle to upper 70s on Thursday. The warmer weather is expected to stay until Saturday when another cold front will push scattered showers into the area. Cooler readings are expected for Sunday and the first of next week.