Triangle to get brief break from heat, humidity Wednesday

Posted July 25, 2012

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— After dealing with intense heat-fueled thunderstorms the last two days, the Triangle will get a break from severe weather on Wednesday thanks to cooler temperatures and lower humidity, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Storms could still form in central and eastern North Carolina during the afternoon as a disturbance moves in from the north and west, but they won't be as widespread or as damaging as the storms that knocked out power and downed trees across the Triangle late Tuesday. 

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"We've continued to see these disturbances form in Canada and then swoop down through Illinois, Indiana and West Virginia," Gardner said. "That will happen again Wednesday, but things aren't looking as impressive. Our rain chances top out around 20 percent this afternoon." 

Temperatures will taper as well, topping out in the low 90s by mid-afternoon. 

The more comfortable air will quickly disappear by Thursday, however, as near-record highs will return to close out the work week. High temperatures will top out around 100 degrees both Thursday and Friday, some 10 degrees warmer than late-July averages.

Sweltering humidity will also return, making the temperatures feel more like 105 to 100 degrees. 

"The heat index is going to be a big deal as we head toward the end of the work week," Gardner said. "We could see heat advisories and conditions that will make it dangerous to be outside for extended periods of time."

Temperatures will slowly fall back into the low-to mid-90s over the weekend.


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  • jblake1932 Jul 25, 2012

    Bingo folks, the chance of rain for Fri. has dropped to 30%. How can we rely on weather folk if they can't get it right for a two day forecast? Unbeleivable! Dropped by 50%!!

  • jblake1932 Jul 25, 2012

    Looks like the storms are well out west instead of around here, folks. See, wrong again.

  • jblake1932 Jul 25, 2012

    Lets see if the 80% chance of rain holds out for Fri. I seriously doubt it.

  • jbtilley Jul 25, 2012

    "93 is a break from the heat?"

    Recently? Yes.

    And the news gives these reports to help people prepare... though there's not a whole lot one can do to prepare for weather, you just have to deal with it.

  • UNC9196 Jul 25, 2012

    Thomas, I'm a native of NC as well (40 years) and this has always been typical summer NC weather. Hot throughout the day and afternoon, evening thunderstorms. I agree about the 7 day forecast. I just take it with a grain of salt and don't even bother with it.

  • Gay Aiken Jul 25, 2012

    Thomas, you would never survive as a farmer.

  • ThomasL Jul 25, 2012

    As a native of this state I can say the weather now is less predictable than say 20 years ago,most summer days were dry and only fronts coming through caused rain.Now all weather channels have to include storm chances because of all the missed forecast and complaints that came.I for one wish the seven day forecast would be abolished.Just put time frame for spring,summer,fall,winter and let it do what it's going to do.

  • Gay Aiken Jul 25, 2012

    Couple of leaves down in my yard yesterday.

  • jgilchr Jul 25, 2012

    93 is a break from the heat?

  • Jimm57 Jul 25, 2012

    MUCH drier air today. Just finished my morning walk, not sweating like a sprinkler today!