Sunshine dominates on 1st day of summer; hot week ahead

Posted June 20, 2016 7:24 a.m. EDT

— Temperatures will be mild and the sky will be clear Monday to welcome the summer solstice, which marks the first day of summer and the longest day of the year.

On the summer solstice, the sun will rise earlier and set later, providing the longest period of daylight all year.

Stargazers will be able to see a full moon Monday evening, too. According to WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss, the last time a summer solstice coincided with a full moon in North Carolina was in 1948.

To welcome the first day of summer, the weather will be milder for start of the work week, as highs should remain in the upper-80s to low-90s. "It will be warmer than the weekend, but humidity should still be low, making the day rather comfortable," said Moss.

The comfortable temperatures will be short-lived, though, as forecasts predict the week ahead will be hot and humid. Humidity will increase as the week continues, along with a chance of storms that could begin Tuesday evening and peak Wednesday and Thursday.

Some of the storms could be severe, with heavy rain, strong winds and frequent lightning.

Along with the increased humidity, highs will linger in the low to mid-90s on Tuesday and Wednesday, peaking at 97 degrees Thursday.

The intense heat and chance for thunderstorms should clear up by the weekend.