It's officially summer - and the timing is right because it's all about the heat and humidity as we go through the upcoming week.
What makes it officially summer at 7:09 PM? That's the time of the summer solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere reaches its maximum tilt towards the sun. At this point. the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer. The summer solstice marks the official start of the season, and it's also the longest day of the year. In Greenville, sunrise was at 6:16 AM and sunset is at 8:46 PM. In Asheville, we've got a little more daylight - sunrise was at 6:15 AM and sunset won't occur until 8:49 PM.
Highs today will be a bit warmer than yesterday - we'll reach the low 90s in the Upstate and the mid 80s in WNC. The humidity will continue to bump up, so it'll feel a bit hotter. While most of the area will stay dry under mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies, an isolated late-day shower or storm may affect the Mountains of WNC, NE GA or the Upstate.
Tomorrow and Friday bring more heat and humidity, with small PM t-storm chances. A cold front will make the chance of a storm a little better in WNC, but there isn't any widespread rain or storm threat coming for the end of the week. As we head into the weekend, Saturday will also offer an isolated PM storm chance. Highs will stay in the upper 80s (Mountains) and low 90s (Upstate) through the start of the weekend.
Sunday and Monday look dry, but these days will bring even higher heat. Highs will be near-90° in the Mountains those days, while Upstate spots will hit the mid 90s... it will stay humid, too.
Many of our weather models are picking up on a developing low around Florida and the Gulf coast over the next few days - but it does appear this will stay away from us, instead bringing high rain chances to Florida and the southeastern coastline. We'll keep an eye on it - and the National Hurricane Center is, too. You can read its discussion here.
Hope you have a great day, and happy summer!!