Published: 2017-08-17 13:23:00
Updated: 2017-08-18 00:14:35
Posted August 17
Updated August 18
Raleigh, N.C. — After days of oppressive humidity and hear, Thursday's overnight forecast includes more high temperatures and heavy thunderstorms.
A cluster of counties, including Wake, Cumberland, Johnston, Wayne and Harnett, saw the heat index climb over 100 degrees Thursday, with dangerous conditions continuing late into the night.
In response to today's heat, the National Weather Service advised that people limit time outdoors and drink plenty of fluids.
The outlook for Friday is much the same: Highs in the 90s, humidity approaching 90 percent and a slight chance for storms.
"Friday is going to be hot," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. "If we don't get storms tomorrow, we do have the potential to reach 97. And those 90s will continue over the weekend."
Friday's temperatures will continue to climb into the afternoon.
Don't forget the umbrella, the weekend's forecast could be stormy. Maze said high temperatures will continue into the weekend.
"Thunderstorms will be centered more around the East near the coast than here," he said.
Maze said Monday's Eclipse forecast appears to be partly sunny skies with a slim chance of afternoon showers or storms. Highs will stay in the low 90s.