The US Drought Monitor was released on Thursday, and independent meteorologist Kyle Bridgers for Southern Farm Network and SFNToday.com says there was little change this week:
“Abnormally dry conditions in North Carolina have increased. The same is true for South Carolina. A small area of exceptional drought has returned to the state.
It is going to be very hot this weekend, and then again mid-week. Temperatures will be over one hundred degrees. There is an excessive heat watch because heat indexes will be 105-110+ this weekend.
There is no rain in the forecast except for the summer like pop up storms. If they stay long enough they can dump 2-3 inches of rain, but they look to be very widespread.
The potential evapo-transpiration rate is going to go up. Our dew points will be around seventy degrees this weekend. It could turn into potentially dangerous heat.
This was all caused by an upper level ridge that has come eastward to just southwest of our area. The national weather service has said that historically this scenario brings the biggest heat waves for our state. It will influence our weather until mid-next week.
In the extreme heat in the days ahead, special care should be taken with the very young, very old, livestock and pets.