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Triangle sizzles under excessive heat

Posted July 26, 2012

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— Triple-digit heat returned to central and eastern North Carolina Thursday when the heat index reached 111 degrees outside WRAL's Raleigh studios. Current Temperatures, DMA Temperature Tracker

The combination of 97-degree temperatures and 51 percent humidity made it feel more than 10 degrees warmer. At Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the temperature was 97 degrees at 4 p.m. and the heat index was 109.

The National Weather Service issued heat advisories for all of eastern North Carolina from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., as heat indices could stay above 105 degrees for more than two hours during the early afternoon hours.

"Stay inside if you can, and take it easy if you must be outdoors this afternoon," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. Heat, hot temperatures Heat health tips

So far this year, there have been eight days where the high temperature has reached or exceeded the 100-degree mark.

With highs forecast to reach 100 degrees Thursday and Friday, the Triangle will inch closer to the all-time mark for 100-degree days in a summer. In 1999, the area saw 12 days over 100 degrees.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we tie the daily record this afternoon," Gardner said. "If temperatures stay above 90 through the middle of next week, which it looks like they will, we'll also set a record for the number of 90-degree days in the month of July."

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Isolated afternoon thunderstorms aren't out of the question Thursday, but there won't be any widespread showers to help cool things off.

After another scorcher on Friday, temperatures will slowly dip back into the 90s over the weekend and into the early part of next week, Gardner said.

"A cold front will drop down from the Great Lakes early next week and cool us off," she said. "It will also bring back those afternoon showers and thunderstorms."

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  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Jul 26, 2012

    yes, it's hot enough outside to make my rear-view mirror fall off my window.

  • jblake1932 Jul 26, 2012

    jjordan: You are the closet so far to knowing the truth. The rest are not in the game, much less hitting fouls! 3.5 billion, give me a break, man!

  • vance203 Jul 26, 2012

    "Triple-digit heat returned to central and eastern North Carolina Thursday when the heat index reached 111 degrees outside WRAL's Raleigh studios."

    ummmmm, didn't "triple-digit heat" REALLY return to the area when the heat index reached 100 degrees? just saying...

  • jjordan231179 Jul 26, 2012

    "So, some of you people think the Earth is "millions" of years old, huh?"

    The Earth is 6000 years old. We were made from dirt and a rib. LOL

  • jbengel Jul 26, 2012

    "So, some of you people think the Earth is "millions" of years old, huh?"

    Actually I think current estimates are more like 4.5 billion years... And your point is what exactly?

  • carrboroyouth Jul 26, 2012

    "Show, by facts, the geneology of a people that existed then and try to trace it to the present. Can't do it, can you?
    jblake1932"

    I'm not sure how this is at all relevant but in biology we used phylogenetic trees to trace ancestries of the animal kingdom. Pretty cool stuff :]

  • Nope Jul 26, 2012

    "So, some of you people think the Earth is "millions" of years old, huh? Prove it. Show, by facts, the geneology of a people that existed then and try to trace it to the present. Can't do it, can you?"

    I hope that is a joke.

  • BigOski Jul 26, 2012

    I heard down at the Obama field office in Raleigh they are handing out water with the label "Obama Aide."

  • JustAwful Jul 26, 2012

    jblake1932: That's the most nonsensical thing I've ever heard. (It also has nothing to do with this article.) Tell you what: once an article about declining school test scores appears, we'll take it up again there. Now run along.

  • gt_football Jul 26, 2012

    LOVE THIS WEATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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