Triangle deals with heat, threat of afternoon storms

Posted June 18, 2014

— Isolated thunderstorms are possible Wednesday afternoon in central North Carolina as a result of a ridge of high pressure that has weakened.

The chance of rain for most areas is about 20 percent, but areas that see it could potentially experience heavy downpours, strong wind gusts and lightning.

“I think your chances of getting wet today are in the ballpark of 2 in 10 before the day is done,” WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said. “”We’ll see those storms winding down this evening.”

More certain, however, is the heat.

Temperatures were already in the low 90s by noon and were expected to climb to the upper 90s.

Heat index readings were around the mid-90s and were expected to reach 100 degrees in some areas.

Similar conditions – high temperatures in the 90s and the chance of thunderstorms – are in the forecast for the rest of the week.


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  • Barbara Sossomon Jun 19, 2014
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    Would love to see some of this rain that they have been talking about for over a week now.

  • wdc1987 Jun 19, 2014

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    If you have a dog, please do not give your dog ice water as it can cause stomach spasms and dangerous bloating.

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 18, 2014
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    oh yeah, and it might rain

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 18, 2014
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    It's summer, it's Raleigh, it's hot......

    welcome :)

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 18, 2014

    Praying for anyone dealing with this heat that doesn't have a/c or at least a fan.
    And hey, remember the critters too - make sure they're in shade and have plenty and plenty of water if you can't bring them indoors where it's cooler.

  • busyb97 Jun 18, 2014

    Certainly could use a shower or two- both to maybe give a bit of relief, and to soften the earth! I tried digging a hole today and I think NC clay is "God's Concrete"! It was just HARD. I even would soak with water and try to let it sit and maybe seep a bit to soften the layers. Nope. Just sits in the tiny hole I was able to dig...didn't even seep through more than 1/4-1/2"! Dry as a do we have green vegetation in this state with dirt like this?

    So hot. Just trying to keep our animals as comfortable as possible with fans and ice packs in their water...maybe frozen berries in the water for treats (have chickens and such). yuck yuck yuck.

  • Big Mike Jun 18, 2014

    Snowing here in Roxboro.......a frigid 94 heat index.....!!!

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 18, 2014

    We need rain here in Harnett County, where it's usually all around us, but never right here - but God can keep the severe stuff, if He doesn't mind.