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'Mini-heat wave' to push highs toward 100 degrees Tuesday

Posted July 17, 2012

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— Temperatures will creep toward the 100-degree mark Tuesday afternoon, part of a "mini-heat wave" that will impact the Triangle until late in the work week, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

The forecast high for Tuesday was 98 degrees, but high humidity and plenty of sunshine will push heat index values as high as 105 degrees by mid-afternoon. 

"Our normal temperature for mid-July is 90 degrees," Gardner said. "We'll be in the 90s by lunchtime today and top out in the upper 90s by this afternoon."

Current Temperatures, DMA Temperature Tracker

The warming trend continues an unusual summer pattern of on-again, off-again heat in central North Carolina. In the last three weeks, temperatures have topped 100 degrees for nine days while staying in the 80s or 90s for 12 days. 

"Usually we just set the bar at 91 or 92 degrees during the summer and hit cruise control, but that has not been the case this year," Gardner said. "We've had triple-digit heat for extended periods and then suddenly we see highs in the 80s. The wild swings aren't normal for the summer months."

Isolated afternoon thunderstorms are possible in southern counties Tuesday afternoon, but much of the area will stay dry until late in the week when a cold front swoops in to end the brief heat wave. The greatest chance for rain in the Triangle will come late Thursday and Friday.

Once the front clears early Saturday, pleasant conditions will dominate throughout the weekend. High temperatures will hover in the low-to mid-80s Saturday and Sunday as more comfortable air arrives. 

"We'll see a noticeable change for the weekend, and it's going to be really nice out there," Gardner said.

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  • jbtilley Jul 19, 2012

    Hey! What happened to Saturday? The current Saturday forecast is nothing like it was just a few days ago. The high creeped up a good 7 degrees. At this rate it'll probably be a mid 90s day... so much for that relief :(

    Seems like that always happens in these summer forecasts. You see one day in the forecast with a lower temp and it builds hope just to see that day become more and more like every other day as that "cool" day gets closer.

    Such teases.

  • gt_football Jul 17, 2012

    "When it's hot we want cold weather and when it is cold we want hot..."

    WRONG, NEVER want cold weather

    "This weather sucks."

    WRONG AGAIN! One word for you, if it is to hot, MOVE!! This is Tar Heel Chamber of Commerce Weather!! LOVE IT!!

  • manuelyerica Jul 17, 2012

    When it's hot we want cold weather and when it is cold we want hot...

  • Southern Discomfort Jul 17, 2012

    "it's a different humidity that causes aches and pains to really flare up. Don't know why that is." -FurryBeast

    The humidity is no different but the air pressure would make the aches and pains happen.

  • Obamanation Jul 17, 2012

    This weather sucks.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 17, 2012

    seankelly15 - "YOU do not have to worry about it (or anything else), but why the need to tell others not to worry (or take precautions)?"

    ROFLOL

    Now THAT is a circular argument if I ever saw one. Are you, by chance, a politician?

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 17, 2012

    KJ90 - "The South has humidity that makes it unbearable to breathe at times..."

    What some don't realize is that parts of the Great Lakes area have some of the highest humidity in the country, often rivaling what is down south, and it's a different humidity that causes aches and pains to really flare up. Don't know why that is.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 17, 2012

    Yuck!

    How many are ready for fall? Raise your hands.

    ROFLOL

  • seankelly15 Jul 17, 2012

    jblake1932 - "They change the projected high every few hours, so I wouldn't worry about it folks."

    YOU do not have to worry about it (or anything else), but why the need to tell others not to worry (or take precautions)?

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jul 17, 2012

    Bring it on! I love this time of year!- SueInNC

    ...not unless you're sitting in a building with a broken A/C unit.

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