Central NC counties under 'excessive heat warnings' through Sunday
Posted July 22
Raleigh, N.C. — The extreme heat and sweltering temperatures that moved into the area this weekend will continue for at least another 24 hours, according to WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth.
A heat advisory will be in effect in the Triangle and surrounding area until Sunday late evening.
"It's hot today and this big heat will continue tomorrow," Wilmoth said. "We do have a front that's going to bring temperatures down next week. But we're going to have to deal with this heat through the weekend."
Plan for weekend activities that compliment triple-digit temperatures, and stay hydrated and in the shade or indoors whenever possible.
"It was 101 Saturday in Raleigh. That is the highest we've been so far this year. The record for the area is 103, and it felt like 111 in Fayetteville," Wilmoth said. "It was definitely and still is a very hot day."
The National Weather Service issued Excessive Heat Warnings for dozens of North Carolina counties, including Wake, Johnston, Chatham and Cumberland counties until 7 p.m. on Sunday.
"Tomorrow is another day feeling like triple digits. The heat index model shows everybody feeling well over 100 on Sunday," Wilmoth said. "This big heat is not going anywhere this weekend."
A statement released Saturday by the National Weather Service read:
Heat index values will peak between 108 and 115 degrees this afternoon. In addition, temperatures at night will remain in the 80s for much of the night through the weekend, producing dangerous conditions through Sunday. The heat and humidity will likely cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
The following precautions were then recommended:
- Reduce outdoor activities to early morning or evening
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Stay in an air conditioned room
- Stay out of the sun
- Check on relative and neighbors
- Wear light and loose-fitting clothing
- Do not leave pets or children in cars
Wilmoth said while there is a slight chance of showers, skies will remain dry overnight Saturday, but the heat will begin again first thing on Sunday.
There is a chance of storms Sunday evening, according to Wilmoth.
"Hopefully we'll get a few storms to cool things down, but it's definitely going to be hot before that."
By Monday, temperatures will be more normal — still hot but out of the triple digits.