'Another brutal day' of high heat, humidity for the Triangle

Posted July 26, 2012
Updated July 27, 2012

— With an expected high of 99 degrees Friday, the forecast has edged away from the triple-digit temperatures reached earlier in the week.

But the single-degree difference offers little more than psychological comfort as the Triangle heads into another muggy, sticky weekend spiked with thunderstorms.

In Raleigh, the mercury is expected to hit 94 degrees by lunchtime as it heads for a high of 99. The heat index will range from 105 to 115 across the central and eastern portions of the state.

A heat advisory will take effect Friday afternoon for most counties except Durham, Orange and Chatham.

"It's another brutal day," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "But the light is going to shine on us. Next week, we're looking at cooler temperatures."

A cold front moving south has an elevated risk of sparking severe thunderstorms late Friday afternoon into the early hours of the night.

"We will see more clouds streaming in today," Gardner said. "As those clouds move in, they may signal the start of thunderstorms."

Temperatures will creep down slowly in the wake of the cold front.

"There is some hope. It isn't going to be dramatic. It isn't going to be quick. But there should be a very slow reduction of the heat as we head into the weekend and next week," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Saturday will see a high around 97 degrees, 95 degrees Sunday, and the work week will start off with a couple of days in the low 90s.

Thursday's high is expected to dip to 87 degrees.

"If we're lucky, maybe by next Wednesday or Thursday, we won't even be getting to 90," Fishel said.


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  • hedspeth Jul 31, 2012

    I wish they would stop saying "one more heat spike then lower temperatures next week". I must have read this 6 times in the last 6 weeks.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 27, 2012

    LOL On the Boffo.

    Can I get a bid on a YEOW!!!

  • Obamacare Jul 27, 2012

    mmtlash....I see your boffo and raise you 1 crashing.

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  • awr117 Jul 27, 2012

    Heat in the summer? Say it ain't so...

  • Obamacare Jul 27, 2012

    We all know the economy sucks. Some may not realize it's hot out.

  • basemanswinger Jul 27, 2012

    I can`t believe this is the top story.Everyone knows its hot.The top story should be " Economic growth slowed to 1.5 percent rate in 2nd quarter,slowest in a year.

  • monami Jul 27, 2012

    Dew point 76 at 930AM. Crazy oppressive humidity!

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jul 27, 2012

    Well, the good thing is , its not the heat, its the humidity. Oh wait its going to be humid as all get out to. Shoot.

  • Warm Soft Dose of Snah Jul 27, 2012

    Who would have thought that it would be hot in July in North Carolina? Go figure! Well let me read on and see if the sun is going to come up tommorrow morning!!