A taste of summer: Triangle sees another May scorcher

Posted May 3, 2012

— Temperatures climbed into the lower 90s for the second day in a row on Thursday, continuing this week's early-May heat wave. 

The record high for May 3 was set in 1959, when the mercury climbed to 93 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Thursday's high topped out at 91.

"The weather is quiet around the area. It looks like it will remain so this evening, so if you have outdoor plans, you should be in good shape," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel. 

Wednesday saw a similar situation with the high stopping at 91 degrees – just one degree below the record. 

The taste of summer didn't stop people from heading out to Strawberry Day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh. People packed the area to sample strawberries and dine outdoors at the Farmers Market Restaurant. strawberry day Strawberry Day at the State Farmers Market

An organized storm system over Alabama is expected to head north and turn eastward over the next few days, bringing a chance for showers and thunderstorms Friday.

High temperatures will stay in the 90s on Friday and Saturday before a gradual cool down starts on Sunday. Temperatures will return to the upper 70s and low 80s by early next week. 

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast


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  • Big Mike May 3, 2012

    Would you rather have snow, sleet, and ice..a 25 degree day? Not me..bring on the heat!

  • jmf1073 2.0 May 3, 2012

    It's cresting today!!

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  • couple97 May 3, 2012

    Having my heat on just 2 weeks ago and now to these high temps and dew point has made it torture outside. Hoping for storms.

  • jimcool59 May 3, 2012

    since we will not reach a record is it global cooling now! dumb dumb?