THIS MORNING: Just a few scattered high clouds, otherwise mostly sunny start, warm and muggy. Temperatures are starting off near 72-76 inland, while along the coast temperatures are near 78-80. We'll see these temperatures warming into the the mid and upper 80s by late morning.

Sunny skies and very hot temperatures through the afternoon and into the evening. Heat index values around 107°. Highs 94-98 inland, 88-92 beaches. Winds south 5-10 mph.

TONIGHT: Mostly clear and humid conditions. Lows 74-78 inland, 78-82 beaches. Winds southwest 10-15 mph.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and humid. Temperatures cooling slightly, but still above normal. Highs 92-96 inland, 85-89 beaches. Southwest 5-10 mph.

Marine Forecast: Seas will be 2' to 3' at the Crystal Coast and on the Outer Banks. Water temperatures around 84° at the Crystal Coast and Outer Banks. The Rivers and Sounds are near 86° and will have a moderate chop on Sunday. Winds will be from the southwest 10-15 knots for the Crystal Coast and on the Outer Banks. High tide is at 11:21am and low tide is at 5:24pm.

WEATHER SUMMARY: We are tracking high pressure in the StormTrack 12 Weather Center. This will keep us mostly clear overnight in eastern Carolina. Lows will drop into the mid to upper 70s inland, upper 70s to low 80s along the coast.

You will see mostly sunny skies, with hot and humid conditions on Sunday. The heat index will be over 100°, and some areas should peak around 107° as a Heat Advisory will be in effect beginning at 1 PM and extending until 8 PM for all of Eastern North Carolina. Be on the alert for the heat related dangers that go along with these type conditions, so stay hydrated and cool. There is a low chance for a pop-up isolated thundershowers along the sea breeze front late in the afternoon, but the chance is very slight. Highs will be upper 90s inland, low 90s for the beaches.

High pressure stays in control through the beginning part of the workweek, keeping temperatures above average and in the mid 90s. Mostly sunny skies will continue through Tuesday, before a frontal system moves in from the northwest late in the evening.

The front will retreat north back into Virginia on Wednesday, but will cause a disturbance to slide into the region for the last half of the week. Showers and thunderstorms should heighten on Thursday, as a weak shortwave trough brushes Eastern North Carolina to bring a 40% for scattered showers and storms through the day. Some of the energy and moisture from the shortwave will linger into Friday, keeping a 30% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. The upper level ridge should strengthen late Friday and into the weekend, allowing for partly cloudy skies and dry conditions by Saturday. Temperatures should stay relatively consistent in the mid 90s through the week and into the weekend.

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Our normal high 90°, low 72°.

                                                                             ----Meteorologist Jonathan Weant