'Run-of-the-mill' summer heat sizzles NC

Posted July 3, 2012

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— Record-setting, triple-digit heat is over, but sizzling summer weather will continue to dominate in North Carolina this week.

"Don't think we're out of the woods in terms of the heat," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "We are just going to stay stuck in our hot pattern."

Starting Tuesday, a high of 97 degrees is predicted for the next three days, and the heat index is still likely to top 100 degrees.

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"Today's just going to be a run-of-the-mill summer day," Gardner said. "Temperatures are going to be hot, in the mid and upper 90s. There's a slim chance of a thunderstorm."

That chance that any particular location will get hit with one of the isolated storms is small, but "that said, any storms that do pop up have the potential to produce some damaging winds or some large hail," she said.

A Code Orange alert for central counties means that ozone layers are high enough to make the air unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as people with respiratory problems, children and the elderly. They should avoid prolonged activity outdoors.

Similar conditions will prevail on the Fourth of July – a high around 97 degrees and a small chance of isolated, severe storms. Around 9 p.m. when most fireworks go off, temperatures will be in the low 80s, though it will still be muggy.

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"Right now, it looks like we should be OK for fireworks," Gardner said. "There might be an isolated storm, but we don't have a big cold front or anything coming through where we know we might have issues."

The hot, unstable air mass will hang around the rest of the week, keeping the possibility of scattered, severe storms alive and temperatures in the mid to upper 90s.

The average daily high for this time of year is 90 degrees.

"We're just going to put it on autopilot and cruise through this heat. Do whatever you can to stay cool," Gardner said.


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  • justincaseur2 Jul 3, 2012

    Officially triple digits again and once again the WRAL weather crew seems to be reading the wrong models. Run of the mill, not quite. Back to double digits - not quite. What happened to the storms we were supposed to have yesterday? They never materialized even though one would have thought the sky was going to come down upon us based upon the "forecasts". Sure looks like we're going to get some windy and rainy weather today though...just pointing that out so that maybe someone can update their forecasts.

    You know, in the winter, my house thermometers (both digital and analog) routinely show temps that are 5 or more degrees below what the forecasters say they should be. May be time to look at the model algorithms and apply a little bit of "human" interpretation instead of just reporting what the computer tells the forecaster is going to happen. Just saying.

  • monkey_boy09 Jul 3, 2012

    im glad my grass is dead. saves me money from having to get it cut.

  • spoonman Jul 3, 2012

    Time to get over getting over it!

  • 00100111 Jul 3, 2012

    It's summer. It's hot in summer. Get over it.

  • OneLove Jul 3, 2012

    Too hot- even if you are in the water! bleck -busyb97 ~ Our pool water was bath water on Saturday. It felt GREAT after sitting in the sun, but after 5 minutes......READY TO GET OUT!

  • jmf1073 5.0 Jul 3, 2012

    My grass is officially dead.

  • busyb97 Jul 3, 2012

    Summer is making up for lost time with our gorgeous spring and June! :)

    They think someone vandalized our pool, so the outdoor pool was closed yesterday. Thankfully, my kids are inside of an ice rink all week for hockey they aren't asking me to go to the pool. Too hot- even if you are in the water! bleck.

  • Shadow666 Jul 3, 2012

    I don't think upper 90's is "run of the mill" for July...maybe August. Of course in August, when it's 100+ every day, they'll say that's normal too...

  • OneLove Jul 3, 2012

    Pool Action!

  • lwe1967 Jul 3, 2012

    I hope that this really hot weather is not going to be a portent of the entire summer!