The best way to sum up the forecast through the weekend and next week -- hot and dry. That's not good news for the drought across North Carolina. The latest drought monitor was released Thursday and indicated that severe drought conditions are expanding to the east. Much of the western part of the state is under an extreme to severe drought while the majority of the state including our region is under a moderate drought.
The severe drought many continue to spread across with no soaking rains in our future for the next several days. The only big weather story will be the heat with highs in the mid 90s into next week. A few spots may even see the upper 90s by late in the weekend and early next week. This will be one of the hottest periods of the year. So far, the hottest temperatures of the summer were recorded on July 9 in Raleigh when the high hit 98. The hottest temperature so far in Fayetteville was 97 in July 10.