Weekend could see triple-digit highs

Posted June 26, 2012
Updated June 27, 2012

— Celebrating the Fourth of July a few days early this weekend? If so, be prepared for the hottest weather of the year.

Current Temperatures, DMA Temperature Tracker

High temperatures could reach 100 degrees or higher during a four-day stretch beginning Friday, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Temperatures topped out at 81 degrees Tuesday at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and were forecast to climb into the upper 80s Wednesday afternoon as relatively low humidity lingers.

The brief midweek reprieve from oppressive heat and humidity will end Thursday, when temperatures will climb into the mid-90s. Temperatures could top out as high as 101 degrees by Friday afternoon before peaking Saturday at 103 degrees.

Humid air, which began filtering back into the Triangle Wednesday, will make temperatures over the weekend feel more like 108 degrees or higher. 

"As you're planning your weekend, be aware that we could have some dangerous heat," Gardner said. "Even at North Carolina's beaches, temperatures will be well above normal."

Monday's high is forecast to be 100 degrees. Tuesday's is 98 degrees. 

"Friday will begin what could be, at least comparable to, a historic streak here," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said Tuesday. "Last year, we hit five consecutive days of 100 degrees or higher. Before that, the record was four days, and it only happened twice since World War II."

Afternoon highs could approach historical marks Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

A chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms returns to the forecast Monday and Tuesday, but the scattered storms will have little impact on the hot weather, Gardner said. 

"That chance for rain and storms returns early next week, but even then, the extremely hot weather is going to be the story for us," she said.


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  • oldrebel Jun 27, 2012


  • storchheim Jun 27, 2012

    "Any pool water is going to feel like bath water by the weekend. (jmf) ~ ESPECIALLY if everyone & their Momma comes out to the pool. and they probably will."

    "All the kids peeing in the pool..."

    Aw gee, and I was only going to make a "soup" joke.

  • storchheim Jun 27, 2012

    mcorson, sorry if you've already done this, but soaker hoses snaked through the garden beds, then put on a $25 timer, will do wonders for saving your landscape investment.

  • Goalieman Jun 27, 2012

    My weekend is planned. Movies, naps, and board games!

  • PanthersFan45 Jun 27, 2012

    I've been expecting this, but it looks like we may start a "make-up" trend after a spring that wasn't too bad at all. It looks like the serious stuff is finally arriving. I usually take note of cars when this kind of heat settles in. Look around you in traffic this weekend .... everyones windows will be closed up tighter than a drum, if they aren't you can safely assume that their A/C is broken or they don't have it. Maybe some will argue they are saving on gas by not running the A/C, but I would think you wanna stay cool in this stuff !!

  • Walkin Man Jun 27, 2012

    Man, you think this was the first time we've seen this kind of weather. I guess you have to give these weather-people something to talk about. Well, six months from now they'll be complaining that it's too cold. LOL

  • davidgnews Jun 27, 2012

    3 words - Ice Cold Beer !

  • Bewitched Jun 27, 2012

    OneLove - yes, sometimes they end the day early, but not usually, and some of the workers have suffered heatstroke. And if they don't work, they don't get paid, so it comes out of their paycheck. I've learned not to say anything like "Wow, it sure was hot today!" I work indoors.

  • laurenfedorov Jun 27, 2012

    It is at this time of the year that I am very thankful for air conditioning. I will be indoors as much as humanly possible and will be using the AC in the car as well when I have to go out.

  • OneLove Jun 27, 2012

    CupHalfFull ~ I would worry too. Do they take time off for extreme heat? Its dangerous to work outside with temperatures like this.