Heat wave approaches NC

Posted April 30, 2012

— A mild Monday belies the sticky, sweltering and summer-like days to come later this week. 

Clouds and a slight chance of rain or thundershowers will continue through Monday evening, and temperatures will stay in the mid 70s.

"Enjoy those pleasant temperatures, because we have near-record highs coming later in the week," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

On Tuesday, southerly winds will start to blow in heat and humidity from the Gulf of Mexico.

"It's going to feel like summer: very sticky, very warm, and we're going to throw in a chance of thunderstorms too for Tuesday and Wednesday," Gardner said.

The mercury will climb into the 80s Tuesday and Wednesday and possibly over the 90-degree mark Thursday and Friday.

"How about that? In a week's time to go from Saturday at 60 degrees to Thursday a high of 90. Crazy spring weather in North Carolina," Gardner said.

"You may think this is just so unusual, but it's actually not," she continued. "We typically do in the springtime have really big swings in our temperatures, but these temperatures – 90, 92 – are going to put us up toward record highs."

A slight cooldown will set in for next weekend. Temperatures will slide back into the mid 80s Saturday and Sunday.


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  • Relic Apr 30, 2012

    I'm still not at the point in my life I'll call 90 "sweltering". 101 in a tobacco field or working inside a plant or factory is "sweltering". 92 is just a bit on the warm side.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 30, 2012

    I knew the hot days was coming. Enjoyed the cool days still.

  • Roland K. Apr 30, 2012

    love the carolina heat. I do find it irritating that businesses feel a need to keep their stores so cold in this heat. If everyone tolerated a little more heat, we'd save tons of money in energy costs per year.

  • Capt Mercury Apr 30, 2012

    I just hope the weather doesn't go from April straight to July like it did last year!

  • FlySwater Apr 30, 2012

    I predict a late-May cold front bringing temperatures back into the seventies for about a week.

  • Z Man Apr 30, 2012

    Bring it on! I'm going to open my pool in less than 2 weeks. It's time for some warm weather. Gotta lover summer in the south.

  • cheezchicken Apr 30, 2012

    Ugh. Too bad. Hate the summer around here. Driverkid3, you're not alone!!

  • jblake1932 Apr 30, 2012

    I certainly hope they can get at least one forecast right this week. They have been terrible as of late with precip. and temp.

  • Shadow666 Apr 30, 2012

    *In Darth Sidious's voice* "It is exactly as I have foreseen..."

  • driverkid3 Apr 30, 2012

    Here comes the pain, nausea, and yucky feelings.