Gardner: This could be the 'hottest week of the year'
Posted July 23
Updated July 25
Raleigh, N.C. — The sweltering temperatures felt over the weekend will only continue as the work week begins.
Temperatures reached 95 degrees in Raleigh over the weekend, tying this summer's record high.
The intense heat, which is being described as "dangerous," will continue in central North Carolina heading into the work week.
"Monday will be another day with lots of sun, only a couple of partly cloudy periods and temperatures climbing into the mid and upper 90s," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss.
The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a Heat Advisory for Wake, Durham, Johnston, Orange and many surrounding counties from noon until 8 p.m. on Monday.
"Any afternoon storms will likely be very isolated. It will remain humid, and we have a heat advisory in place for the entire viewing area as afternoon heat index values will reach the range of about 103-108 for a few hours," said Moss.
Temperatures during the first two days of the work week could set new record highs for this year.
"This could be our hottest week of the year so far," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.
Those without air conditioning can visit a mall, library or other public place to keep cool.
When a heat advisory is in effect, even pets need to keep cool. Limit outdoor time to early morning or late evening. Animals and humans should avoid direct sun during the hottest part of the day. If you must be out, wear loose-fitting clothing, drink lots of water and take breaks.