'Prepare for the heat' as summer-like temps arrive

Posted May 8, 2014

Temperature forecast, Thursday, May 8, 2014

— The warmest air of 2014 will arrive in central and eastern North Carolina Thursday afternoon, pushing daytime highs into the 90s for the first time since mid-September. 

Afternoon highs will likely top out near 91 degrees, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said, about 4 degrees short of the record high for May 8 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

High temperatures in early May normally top out in the upper 70s. 

"We'll be sunny across the entire Triangle today, and we're going to see temperatures climb quickly after the sun comes up," Gardner said. "We could be in the mid-80s by lunchtime."

Despite the noticeably warmer temperatures, humidity won't be a major concern Thursday afternoon, Gardner said. Southwesterly winds could gust between 10 and 20 mph.

Summer-like temperatures and sunshine will stay put on the final day of the work week, as Friday's highs will once again climb into the low 90s. 

"Be prepared for the warm air to stick around," Gardner said. "Temperatures will cool a bit early next week, but it's still going to be above normal. Make sure to stay hydrated if you're working or playing outside."

Afternoon showers and storms are possible Saturday and Sunday, although neither day will be a washout. Highs Saturday will climb to 80 degrees, and they will return to the mid-80s Sunday.

Overnight lows during the next week will be in the low-to mid-60s.


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  • Grant Boettcher May 8, 2014
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    come up to Asheville, low 80's and low humidity...

  • Big Mike May 8, 2014

    It's been great. Our house is shaded by oak trees, and we have the ceiling fans going. It's very comfortable inside our home. And the 16" of insulation in the attic doesn't hurt either. The heat sure beats the cold, ice and snow anytime!

  • WralCensorsAreBias May 8, 2014

    More wind please.

  • busyb97 May 8, 2014

    I'm not ready for it....still have lots to do outside....guess we'll just get up early in the morning to get it done before it's unbearable outside. I hate the years where we don't get much "spring". Seems like we were cold/chilly into late March, and then had what, maybe a month? :( bummer. Let's just hope it's not a HOT HOT summer like a few years ago with so many days above 90. Last year was about right.

  • easonpatstormy May 8, 2014

    YES! FINALLY! What I have been waiting for after a long, rainy, cold, miserable winter. And people are complaining and looking forward to cooler temperatures? Really? The summer heat of high 90's and triple digits hasn't even cranked up yet.

  • tobywilliamson1973 May 8, 2014

    Elizabeth's outfit is rocking today, along with her great forecasting. Keep up the good work!! Now, to find the AC switch. Don't ya just love the pollen and brime blowing on our cars every day?? Hooray for gluberworming, huh?

  • Obamacare returns again May 8, 2014

    No worries. The AC at home is cranked up.

  • Super Hans May 8, 2014

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    We are not talking about global warming - we are talking about climate disruption!

  • Return of... May 8, 2014

    Won't someone think of that poor polar bear at the Asheboro Zoo

  • Fred Blassy May 8, 2014
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    Still won't beat the record high from 1940. Wait, there were no SUVs back then, or AC units, and half as many people. You mean global warming is a fraud? SHOCKING