Weekend forecast looking dangerously hot

Posted June 27, 2012

— Expect dangerous and oppressive heat this weekend as high temperatures flirt with triple digit readings and high humidity.

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WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said Wednesday that weekend highs in the Triangle could reach as much as 105 degrees and the heat index could make it feel as hot as 112 degrees.

"This is a dangerous, dangerous air mass heading our way," Fishel said.

An excessive heat watch is already in effect for the southeastern part of the state, and a hazardous weather outlook advisory is in effect for central North Carolina.

Current Temperatures, DMA Temperature Tracker

Temperatures topped out at 87 degrees Wednesday at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and were forecast to climb to the mid-90s by Thursday.

The high temperature is expected to pass the 100-degree mark Friday and continue to climb over the weekend.

Humid air, which began filtering back into the Triangle on Wednesday, will contribute to the heat index.

"We're going to be tacking on about 15 degrees of heat this weekend and increasing the dew point by 20 degrees, which doubles the amount of water vapor in the air," Fishel said. "You can just imagine how different this is going to feel for the human skin."

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

Afternoon highs could approach historical marks Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A high of 105 degrees on Saturday and Sunday would tie the all-time warmest record ever observed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

"Is 106 possible? You bet it is," Fishel said. "This is the kind of air mass that has the potential to do that."

The forecast has temperatures dropping slightly Monday, with a high of 102 degrees. Tuesday's high is 101 degrees, and Wednesday's is 99.

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.

Nationwide, it's also been hot. In the past week, across the United States, 1,011 records have been broken, including 251 new daily high temperature records on Tuesday.

If forecasts hold, more records could fall in the coming days.


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  • Get out of FL Jun 27, 2012

    Drink lots of water and alcohol!

  • Get out of FL Jun 27, 2012

    It's gonna be hotter than hot! ~Love it!

  • Shadow666 Jun 27, 2012

    Get used to it. It will be like this all summer. I predict 90 degree temps thru November.

  • TeresaBee Jun 27, 2012

    Be kind to your air conditioner.

  • scarlett2 Jun 27, 2012

    If you know anyone who will be in danger due to this incredibly high temperature, please act, don't let them suffer. Young children, the elderly, are especially prone to hyperthermia and can die. Sometimes the elderly do not realize how hot it is due to medications that they are taking, regulation body issues, etc.
    If you know someone who keeps their pets outside on a chain with no shade or clean water, offer to take their pet for a few days. I have seen many pet owners across this state who keep their dogs outside on a chain, with no shade and they think their water bowl is full but the dog knocked it over.
    Please! Check on anyone, any pet, that you know can be harmed by this dangerous weather. It would be better to make a little effort, than to hear on the news that someone died from heatstroke.

  • ncsuwx Jun 27, 2012

    "I am so excited. I LOVE the heat and humidity. I hope it brings some storms as well, as I am a storm watcher."

    Take the time to read up on why it won't be storming the next few days. It will confirm your observation that "it seems like we rarely have good storms when it gets this hot."

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 27, 2012

    DARK OF THE MOON - "Anyhow, bring it on. I have been waiting for this glorious weather since last year."

    Oyyy vey! Wish I could send you all of mine so I'd just have balmy weather here. LOL

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 27, 2012

    YUCK! I hate heat like this.

    PUL-EEZE - Don't leave anyone or anything in a vehicle, even for 10 minutes.

  • Dark of the Moon Jun 27, 2012

    I am so excited. I LOVE the heat and humidity. I hope it brings some storms as well, as I am a storm watcher. Unfortunately it seems like we rarely have good storms when it gets this hot.

    Anyhow, bring it on. I have been waiting for this glorious weather since last year.


  • Scubagirl Jun 27, 2012

    And before someone says it (oh, this happens every year).....well it does but not usually this early and not usually for that many days in a row. {{{{NOTE: use of word USUALLY}}}