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Hottest days of summer on the way

Posted July 21

Get ready for the heat and humidity to hit a new level over the weekend. Temperatures will steadily climb from the lower 90s Friday to 99 degrees on Sunday and Monday. If RDU manages to reach 100 degrees, it would be the first instance since June 16, 2015.

The afternoon heat index will peak at or above 105 degrees over the weekend. Take precautions and be on guard for the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Storm chances won’t go away entirely during this heat wave, but the coverage and duration should stay at a minimum thanks to high pressure. During the next work week, scattered storms will become more likely as highs ease back into the mid 90s.

Weather hazards:

Extreme temperatures: The heat will build to the highest point so far this summer late in the weekend. Highs will be near 100 on Sunday and Monday. That’s unseasonably warm, but probably staying a few degrees shy of threatening any records.

Severe weather: Widespread and organized severe weather is unlikely over the next few days. Any storms that pop up with the heat of the day could pose a threat for damaging wind gusts.

Tropics: The Atlantic Ocean remains quiet, and the National Hurricane Center does not expect tropical storm formation in the next five days.

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John Boyer is a broadcast meteorologist and N.C. State alumnus.

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