Temperature ties all-time high in Raleigh

Posted June 29, 2012

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— The mercury soared in the Triangle on Friday, with temperatures tying the all-time record high for the region of 105 degrees.

The thermometer at Raleigh-Durham International Airport topped out at 105 degrees by late afternoon – breaking the same-date record high of 101 degrees set in 1945.

Wake Electric reported about 7,500 customers in Wake County were without power about 3:30 p.m., but electricity was restored within an hour. A spokesperson for the company said it was not clear whether the extreme heat was directly responsible for the outage, although demand spiked about the same time.

State officials are asking everyone to set home and work thermostats two degrees higher, between 78 and 80 degrees, during the next few days to reduce demand, save money and avoid potential blackouts during the heatwave.

“If every customer adjusts the thermostat just up to two degrees, it will cut down on the demand for power, help avoid potential blackouts and control utility bills,” Secretary of Commerce for Energy Jon Williams said.

Temperatures will stay in the triple digits through Monday.

"It's still possible that 106 could be achieved," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. "If we don't do it today, we've got an excellent chance tomorrow."

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Even during the nighttime, the mercury will struggle to drop below 90 degrees.

"It's going to be an insufferable evening," Fishel said.

 Nationwide, 1,011 records were broken in the past week, including 251 on Tuesday alone.

That extreme heat could spell trouble for anyone who spends time outside this weekend.

Current Temperatures, DMA Temperature Tracker

"I don't care if you are in the top 5 percent fit people in the United States of America," said Jeff Hammerstein, director of Wake County Emergency Medical Services. "You are not immune to this. It can bring you down."

Hammerstein urged people who must go outside to take common sense precautions – going out in the early mornings, drinking lots of water, taking breaks, and wearing cool, light-colored clothing – and to watch for symptoms of heat illnesses.

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"If your muscles are cramping, that's the first sign you're starting to head down the wrong path," he said, adding that people should watch out for "any kind of dizziness, disorientation, nausea, headaches."

Relief from triple-digit temperatures will finally come Tuesday, when the high is forecast to be 99 degrees. The mercury is expected to stay in the mid 90s through the middle of next week.

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

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


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  • storchheim Jun 29, 2012

    Bill, that's too funny!

  • westernwake1 Jun 29, 2012

    "During the 70s there were 7 scientific studies precicting global cooling, while global warming prediction was 44." - Bill Brasky

    You appear to be re-writing history. The are more than 7 studies referenced about global cooling in the 1970s at my link below. As someone who grew up in the 1970's let me state that global cooling was regularly in the press and on the evening news. Time and other magazines had articles all the time on how the next ice age was coming. In high school our teachers made us write papers on how the next ice age would occur by year 2000 and bury New York City under 400 feet of ice.

    It's pretty obvious you were not around in the 1970s, otherwise you would not be making these type of claims

  • Bill Brasky Jun 29, 2012

    "Sorry Bill, but you are mistaken. They can estimate a temperature from an extremely rough period of time from core samples. They cannot tell temperature change year by year or even decade by decade by core samples, no matter how much you think they can."

    That's not what Scientists say...but Dark Side of the Moonknows more then them

  • aspenstreet1717 Jun 29, 2012

    All time record? NO. All time recent record. The relatively few years they have records for.

  • wwrwheel Jun 29, 2012's unofficial? temp hit 106 a couple times today. 4:00 hour I believe.

  • 879wins Jun 29, 2012

    Restored quickly??? Quickly is 5-10, maybe 15 minutes tops. What a joke that we live in one of the "best places to live" in the nation and the bleepity bleep power company can't even keep the power on.

  • muggs Jun 29, 2012

    I'm sure everyone ran over and turned their thermostats to 80 degrees,when donkeys fly.

  • Uhavenoclu Jun 29, 2012

    Obama must have turned the heater up,come on Romney would have lowered it.Guess we will have to pay more taxes to keep the heat down and save energy now.

  • hmmmmm Jun 29, 2012

    I just took a picture of the thermostat in our car while we were driving down Hwy 55 in Apex, it read 109. Even if I add a +/-3 degrees margin of error, that's still very hot!

  • yankee1 Jun 29, 2012

    Both varieties? You mean those who have no common sense and those who can see the scam?