Another 100-degree day could set RDU record

Posted June 22, 2015

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— Central and eastern North Carolina have reached at least 90 degrees for the 12th consecutive day of what WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss called "summer plus."

"We’ve been climbing into the 90s and hit triple digits a couple of times. The next few days will be a continuation of that pattern,” Moss said.

The record for 90-degree days is 24 in a row, set in 1995.

"To set a new record, the current streak, which began on June 11, would have to continue through July 5," Moss said.

The record high temperature for Raleigh-Durham International Airport on June 22 is 100 degrees, set in 1981.

"With mostly sunny skies and stifling humidity, we could reach that today," Moss said.

The eastern half of the state is under a heat advisory from late morning into the evening, the National Weather Service's caution that the heat index could reach 105 degrees or above.

To reduce the risk of heat exhaustion, the weather service advises that all people limit time outdoors, especially during the hottest parts of the day. Those who work outside are advised to
wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing, drink plenty of water and take regular breaks.

Blistering temperatures will stay put all week. The forecast calls for a high of 100 degrees in Raleigh again on Tuesday with only a slim chance for late-day storms. The outlook is the same for the rest of the work week.

Duke Energy, the state’s largest energy provide, said the company is prepared for the rising temperatures and will be able to lower energy usage without affecting customer experience.

“We work year round to be ready to respond in these type high temperature situations,” Jeff Brooks, a Duke Energy spokesman said. “We can actually lower the way you use energy but still keep the same quality you’re used to and that helps us get hundreds of megawatts back on the systems.”

Closing blinds on the sunny side of a house, grilling outside or using a microwave instead of an oven can save energy costs for homeowners. Additionally, switching from incandescent bulbs to LEDs or CFLs can lower the temperature in homes by up to 2 degrees.

Even a change of 3 degrees can save up to 15 percent on energy costs.


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