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High Temperatures in the 80’s for Entire Week; Check Out Fireflies in Photo by Todd Bush

Fireflies dart around over the weekend. Below the stars is the eastern flank of Beech Mountain in the background. Photo by Todd Bush

By Jesse Wood

Photo by Todd Bush
Photo by Todd Bush

In several more days, it will officially be summer. But lately, it sure has felt summer like. RaysWeather.com noted that yesterday and today, with high temperatures in the mid-80s, have been the hottest days of the year so far.

“Summer does not officially begin until Sunday; however, this year is an ‘early adopter.’ We are fully engaged in summer weather,” according to RaysWeather.com‘s forecast discussion.

The rest of the week looks to be just as hot with highs at 85 degrees on Tuesday, and 83 and 84 degrees for the remainder of the week. Thunderstorms are forecasted Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Summer-like weather also means the arrival of fireflies. Check out these photos of fireflies that Todd Bush captured in Banner Elk over the weekend.

“If anyone wishes to try a shot like this, for starters, go to full manual mode, leave the lens open for 30 seconds (shutter speed) ± at a high ISO like 1600 and your lenses lowest f-number (aperture wide open),” Bush said.