Published: 2012-06-28 05:26:00
Updated: 2012-06-28 21:41:13
Posted June 28, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — The Triangle could see its highest temperature ever as an excessive heat watch blankets central and coastal North Carolina from Friday morning until Sunday night.
Sweltering temperatures could reach a record-breaking 106 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport by Friday, according to WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel. The heat index will make it feel like 110 degrees.
"For those that think we're inflating these numbers, the atmosphere continues to exceed even our expectations," Fishel said. "We're going for the hottest temperature ever observed. I don't take that lightly."
Ocean breezes won't offer much relief to those on the coast.
"Even down at the beaches where you get the sea breeze, it's going to feel so much more humid down there that it may end up feeling the same as it does here in the middle part of the state," Fishel said.
The triple-digit temperatures will begin Friday and continue through Monday, when the mercury will inch down to 100 degrees. Even during the nighttime this weekend, temperatures will struggle to drop below 80 degrees.
The temperatures will finally drop back to double digits by Tuesday and remain in the upper 90s through Thursday.
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 has 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 alone.
If forecasts hold, more records could fall in the coming days.