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Weekend scorcher expected as extreme heat continues

Posted July 5, 2012
Updated July 6, 2012

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— Another weekend of triple-digit temperatures is on tap for the Triangle, with the mercury expected to hit 104 on Saturday. The record for July 7 is 102 degrees, set in 2010.

The high-pressure system that rolled in from the Midwest Thursday will remain throughout the weekend, bringing scorching heat and humidity to the region, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. The temperature on Friday will soar to 90 degrees by noon and peak at 102 for the day.

With the heat comes the chance for afternoon thunderstorms again on Friday, although they would likely be widespread, said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

Hail and high winds were reported across the area Thursday evening. In Smithfield, authorities believed high winds caused a support cable to snap on a communications tower. Crews worked were called in to secure the structure.

Tom McDonald said he saw "strong winds, marble size hail and heavy lightning" in the Lake Wheeler/Holly Springs area.

The National Weather Service reported numerous trees down in Granville and Orange counties and a home struck by lightning on Poplar Drive in Mebane. 

The agency also issued a heat advisory for Friday for many counties across the eastern portion of the state, including Wake, Johnston and Durham.

In addition to the heat, a Code Orange ozone forecast will make breathing difficult for sensitive groups, such as people with respiratory problems, children and the elderly. They should avoid prolonged outdoor activities. 

While Monday's high is expected to reach 92 degrees, relief won't come until Tuesday. That's when the temperature should drop to a high of 80 degrees. Outer Banks beach Forecasts for beaches, mountains

"By Monday, a front moves in and stalls," Maze said. "As it stalls, we'll have clouds and a good chance of showers and thunderstorms Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday that will keep the heat down."

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  • Hans Jul 6, 2012

    "Seriously Greg Fishel if you or any or the weather folks read this. Please go back to the old radar. Multiple folks in this blog agree. It is terrible. It was better years ago." -
    cfmatthews2004

    There's something on which we can all agree.

  • Hans Jul 6, 2012

    "It appears that we are about to get plenty of rain in the next ten days." - trekkie13

    I've heard that one before!

  • ncsuwx Jul 6, 2012

    "The scorcher won't be that bad. NC GOP Legislature has voted that all thermometers shall read no more than 100F." -cvdurham

    LOL!!! It wouldn't surprise me if Paul Stam has some backhanded way to make that happen.

  • jmf1073 5.0 Jul 6, 2012

    Zombies are all in Florida, so we're safe for now.

  • pappybigtuna1 Jul 6, 2012

    Hope your not talking global warming!!!, Cause the boogyman is coming too! With an assorted array of aliens, and some zombies too, that will round out the package.

  • aspenstreet1717 Jul 6, 2012

    They keep talking like this is an all time record it's not. We only have records for a very short period.

  • cfmatthews2004 Jul 6, 2012

    Seriously Greg Fishel if you or any or the weather folks read this. Please go back to the old radar. Multiple folks in this blog agree. It is terrible. It was better years ago.

  • wral mods blow close my account Jul 6, 2012

    The scorcher won't be that bad. NC GOP Legislature has voted that all thermometers shall read no more than 100F.

  • jcd241959 Jul 6, 2012

    Darn, the only summer it has ever been hot in North Carolina!

  • trekkie13 Jul 6, 2012

    It appears that we are about to get plenty of rain in the next ten days. A summer troughing pattern is setting up. There is a joke going around that it is going to feel like "winter" now after the extended period of all time record breaking heat that we have had.

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