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Weekend will be even hotter

Posted June 5, 2008

— Thursday's extreme heat is just the beginning for the Triangle, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. Fifty North Carolina counties are under a heat advisory and there is no relief in sight.

“We could have this extreme heat through the mid part of June,” Maze said. "But, we’ll take it day by day before we get overwhelmed."

The weekend was forecast to be even hotter, with Friday, Saturday and Sunday highs estimated at 99 degrees. Even in shaded areas, the heat will feel like 105 degrees.

“If we do, by chance, reach 100 degrees, this will be the earliest in any year that we have seen a 100-degree reading at (Raleigh-Durham International Airport),” Maze pointed out.

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said to expect days in the high 90s and sultry nights cooling only into the mid 70s into next week. The extreme temperatures could last until June 15 or 16.

Fishel urged viewers to "play it safe" and not overexert themselves in this heat.

Even the governor got into the act, issuing a statement urging citizens to take precautions against heat stroke.

The state departments of Health and Public Safety suggest these tips for keeping cool:

  • Do not leave children or animals in a parked car, even for just a few minutes.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, especially if you must spend time outside.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Use sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to protect from sunburn.
  • Stay indoors in air-conditioning if possible.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Avoid cooking with the stove and oven.

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  • peace1982 Jun 5, 2008

    I feel bad for the people that have to work outside or in buildings with no air conditioners. We should all pray for them. Most of our brothers and sisters that do work outside are illegal aliens. We should all be considerate of them. Please no rasist comments just appreciate their work.

  • Hip-Shot Jun 5, 2008

    Quick, we need to make sure Falls Lake is ready. Did they ever drain it so that it wasn't over a foot above normal? Me thinks (sic) the additional water might come in handy now.

  • 1Rx4FN Jun 5, 2008

    I think mother nature is going through menopause.

  • drnc Jun 5, 2008

    We were spoiled by the mild temps and low humidity in May. I hate to see these hot days, but they make me appreciate the beautiful Spring and Fall weather even more.

  • 1Packfan Jun 5, 2008

    Wasn't it just a few months ago we were begging for warm weather? I don't mind it. Although I'm not looking forward to Sunday, when i have 4 softball games to play in. But, at least it won't be raining!

  • hanley29 Jun 5, 2008

    I'm so glad I'm in the desert. It's the NC humidity I miss the least.

  • ckblackm Jun 5, 2008

    Oh great... now we have mep perpetuating the whole global warming conspiracy theory. Did we even have to go there?

  • garden Jun 5, 2008

    Sure beats having no weather at all.

  • littlebobeep Jun 5, 2008

    >>> Avoid cooking with the stove and oven.

  • mep Jun 5, 2008

    I'm happy to see no one is blaming this heat on the "Global Warming" lie. Just read yet another article regarding the 13,000 US scientist who signed a document stating in effect that there is no such thing as man made global warming. I wonder who, besides Al Gore is profiting from this lie????