Well, that was a short spring. Summer-like weather is on tap for much of the area today as a high pressure system off the coast will pump plenty of warm air our way this afternoon. At the same time a sea breeze is expected to develop. That means afternoon highs will range from the lower 70s along south-facing beaches to the low 80s away from the shore. Strong southerly winds and low humidity have led the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for "elevated fire growth potential" this afternoon.
A cold front will encroach upon us tomorrow. Before it arrives we should once again warm to the lower 80s. There is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms from Tuesday afternoon to the late evening, depending on how fast the front moves. The showers could linger on until Wednesday morning, but once the front passes we're in for the coolest day of the week with a high of only 73, which is five degrees warmer than normal.
Gradual warming is expected to occur for the last half of the week and through the weekend. Look for dry weather and highs ranging from the mid 70s on Thursday to lower 80s on Saturday. Further south there are indications that the season's first tropical system could develop late this week over the warm Gulf Stream waters off the southeastern coast.