Excessive heat watch as NC braces for 105 degrees

Posted June 28, 2012

— 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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  • beachlady Jun 28, 2012

    It's finally summer here in the south! I agree with many of the posts about staying safe in the heat. Instead of harping on the "complainers" or "whiners" we all need to watch out for one another. Check on your neighbors and animals.
    Excessive heat isn't the end of the world, but it can kill.
    Be safe everyone!

  • Itchy Willy Jun 28, 2012

    "You mean it will be hot and muggy in the summer?!?" -WooHoo2You

    It will but that is not what the story is about. People who have comprehension will understand that this will be an unprecedented heat wave of historic proportions and dangerous for countless people.

    Thanks WRAL keeping us all up to date on the seriousness of this dangerous heat.

  • WooHoo2You Jun 28, 2012

    You mean it will be hot and muggy in the summer?!?

  • jblake1932 Jun 28, 2012

    Ambygirl: Finally someone with a smart comment. And I shall be in the pool after work tomorrow, since the ole garden has about dried up.This weekend shall surely finish it off. But, I shall plant again in late July and get another crop in before fall! Keep it positive folks!!

  • jplace Jun 28, 2012

    Boy, what a bunch of uncaring people are posting today. Excessive heat is a big public health problem. People die. Instead of being smug, try checking on elderly people that you know. The heat index is expected to 115.

  • freeadvice Jun 28, 2012

    My son has baseball game at 6pm on friday. I hope that parks and recreation department will postpone the game. first summer in NC

  • Big D 87 Jun 28, 2012

    All complaining: Atleast, your not in full combat gear running around. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS .

  • Ambygirl Jun 28, 2012

    People, it's almost the 4th of July! It's SUPPOSED to be hot!! Get out, get in the pool and have a nice cold beverage! Enjoy what you can!

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jun 28, 2012

    norainonmyparade, the point is; 105 degrees seems to be earth shattering (the record for where???) when it has gotten hotter elsewhere in NC.

    Media sensationism. 100 degrees is dam hot, not other explanation needed.

  • br549znc Jun 28, 2012

    Almost July, that is....