Cold Days Are Over, Summer Arrives for the Carolinas

We will start to taste summer once again, after a freak occurrence with winter in May. If you like cooler temperatures, soak it all in now since this will likely be our last stretch of cool weather until the fall, especially here in the South. We will slowly start to nudge our way into higher temperatures this week, and by next week around this time next week we will be basking in the hot sunshine.

The latest outlook from the CPC has much of the East Coast under a high probability of above-normal temperatures.

As our pattern transitions into a Southeast Ridge, temperatures will likely start to break 90 F. Many of us will see temperatures in the upper 80s to low 90s. The definition of a heatwave is 3 consecutive days of 90 degrees or higher, and that certainly could be possible later this month.

Last year in late May we did have a scorching heatwave, with many locations seeing highs in the upper 90s. It is not clear if this year will repeat that, but we will certainly be watching.

-CWA

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Author: Michael Griffith

I have had a passion for the weather since a very young age and am a degreed meteorologist. I have a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master's from Plymouth State University. If you ever see me out and about in the Charlotte, NC area, be sure to say hi!