Raleigh, N.C. — A lucky streak of mild spring weather in North Carolina ends Tuesday when temperatures are predicted to climb above 90 degrees.
"We knew it was coming," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "Here we are in the middle of June, summer starts tomorrow, and right on cue, our high temperatures climb into the 90s."
Tuesday will see a high around 91 degrees, and the daily high will only climb over the next two days, peaking at 96 degrees Thursday. In comparison, the normal daily high for Thursday is 89 degrees, and the record is 101 degrees.
The humidity will rise along with the mercury, and rain will offer little relief. Occasional showers could fallTuesday, particularly in the afternoon and evening, but then they vanish from the forecast until Friday.
"You might want to keep your rain gear handy Tuesday. It will be isolated, though," Gardner said.
Temperatures will tack down into the lower 90s for the weekend, and late-day storms and showers could pop up those days.
"Our temperatures may drop a little over the weekend, but it will still be hot. It will still be fairly sticky as well," Gardner said.