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Nice weather as cleanup from Matthew continues

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Residents are cleaning up after Surfside Pier in Myrtle Beach is heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew. (October 9, 2016 FOX Carolina) Residents are cleaning up after Surfside Pier in Myrtle Beach is heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew. (October 9, 2016 FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Clear skies will linger for days on end in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, giving relief efforts their best shot at cleanup after the storm ravaged the coastline.

The entire southeast looks ahead this week to mostly sunny conditions. Highs will remain near average, in the 70s during the day, and the 40s and 50s at night. Expect to need an extra layer or a jacket in the early hours each morning.

While the sunshine is great news for cleanup, it's bad news for our drought. We're entering a possible 7-day stretch of dry weather, all the while desperately needing rain across the Upstate and mountains.

Upstate counties are more than 7.25" behind normal for rainfall, and mountains are more than 6.75" behind normal. Looking at the long range forecast, October is shaping up to be a drier than usual month, so we can expect this intense drought to continue.

The Tropics LATEST

Matthew made landfall in McClellanville. SC as a Category 1 Hurricane packing 75 mph winds near the center of circulation Saturday morning. It came on shore at the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge around 10:45am Saturday. McClellanville was also where Hurricane Hugo made landfall in 1989.

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Matthew's remnants are no longer impacting anyone, and Tropical Storm Nicole is out in the Atlantic Ocean. Nicole is expected to slowly strengthen back to hurricane status, and could cross over Bermuda late-week. No impact on the United States is expected.

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