79 NC counties are under alert, including Wake, Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Chatham counties. Details
Published: 2013-07-20 08:49:29
Updated: 2013-07-20 08:49:29
Posted July 20, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Temperatures will likely crack the 90-degree mark for the sixth consecutive day Saturday across central North Carolina, continuing a trend that settled in early in the work week.
Sunshine may struggle to break through clouds in certain areas of the Triangle during the morning, but temperatures will warm quickly in the spots that see clearer skies, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.
"As we get on through the day and we see more sun, it's going to heat up quickly," he said. "And the humidity could once again create some uncomfortable heat indices by late afternoon."
High humidity will make Saturday's highs in the low 90s feel closer to 100.
Widely scattered showers are possible Saturday afternoon and evening, but much of the Triangle should stay dry.
"Don't change any plans, because the vast majority of us won't see any showers or storms," Moss said. "We can't rule it out completely, but we won't see anything widespread."
Rain chances will increase to 50 percent Sunday and Monday as a frontal boundary sags south and east from the Ohio River Valley. Storms that do form could include gusty winds and locally heavy downpours.
"As this front gets closer, we'll have more unstable conditions," Moss said. "That pattern will linger into next week, as we'll have a chance to see showers and storms each afternoon."
Temperatures in the 90s will linger as well for much of the area, although spots that see more rainfall could see daytime highs top out in the upper 80s.