Record heat continues, but 'cool' is coming

Posted June 9, 2008

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— Sweltering temperatures blanketed the state Monday, as temperatures reached into the upper 90s and topped 100 degrees in many places.

A high of 100 was recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Monday afternoon, marking the third straight day temperatures hit triple digits.

Monday's high temperature also marked the fourth straight record high at RDU, and WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said a fifth straight record was possible Tuesday. The record high for June 10 is 97.

The heat is partly to blame for a massive fish kill down east, officials said.

More than 160,000 spot and croaker died in the Neuse River south of New Bern over the weekend. A rapid response team form the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources attributed the fish killed to high water temperatures and low oxygen levels.

Water temperatures in the area were around 90 degrees early Sunday, officials said.

The heat should gradually subside through the work week, with highs in the 80s by Thursday, Fishel said. A front should cross North Carolina Wednesday, bringing winds from the northeast, he said.

"(It's) nothing that's going to blow your socks off, but it's at least better than what we've had," Fishel said.

Tuesday will be partly cloudy, hot and humid, with an isolated late day shower or storm possible. Highs will be in the upper 90s to low 100s.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will also be partly cloudy with isolated showers possible.

The hot, stagnant weather prompted the state Division of Air Quality to issue a Code Orange health notice for poor air quality around Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh on Monday. Charlotte remains under a Code Orange alert on Tuesday.

Highs were in the upper 90s across the eastern half of North Carolina on Saturday, and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport reached 100 degrees to set a record for the date.

The state departments of Health and of Crime Control and Public Safety suggest these tips for keeping cool: 

  • Do not leave children or animals in a parked car, even for just a few minutes.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, especially if you must spend time outside.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Use sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from sunburn.
  • Stay indoors in air-conditioning if possible.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Avoid cooking with the stove and oven.

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  • ckblackm Jun 9, 2008

    101.8 at 1:30p here in Garner.

  • ranquick Jun 9, 2008

    Does anyone feel that the local Leaders lifted the water resrtictions way to soon?

  • Tizu Jun 9, 2008

    Oh, so that Septra DS I'm says "avoid pro-longed exposure to sunlight / UV Rays"....I guess that means I shouldn't go to work...being that....I WORK OUTSIDE! :( I had to get a 2nd job to pay for gas to get to my main job! Then, I had to get a 3rd job which I ride my bike to to pay for gas for the 2nd job!!!!

  • ptahandatum Jun 9, 2008

    Other medications such as high blood pressure meds, statins for cholesterol, etc. can cause electrolytic inbalances with your body's chemistry too. Remember to read the warnings on the side of your medications. They are there for a purpose. Many times heat exposure - then heat stroke comes on to where the person is not aware anything is going on until it is too late. Dizziness, headaches, profuse sweating during the initial heat exposure stages can easily cause foggy thinking, and you just don't know to get away from the heat and replenish your body's fluids.

  • Leonardo Jun 9, 2008

    Good info doodad. Thanks!

  • mrtwinturbo Jun 9, 2008

    You can always build your own homemade airconditioner like this guy did

  • jailorjoe1978 Jun 9, 2008

    Dont forget that when you lose so much fluid by sweating, you need to replace sodium in your body as well since its secreted along with sweat. failure to do so can result in temporary problems with your nervous system. many sports drinks and mixes contain enough sodium to cover this need. if you are only drinking water then you can try a handful of salted sunflower seeds or adding a small amount of salt to your drinking water. you would be surprised how little it affects the taste.

  • iron fist Jun 9, 2008

    Expensive and seems to be drying up quickly. Grasses turning brown already.

  • enoughsenough Jun 9, 2008

    I'll be glad when the temp drops so I can run and bike again.

  • ncsudan Jun 9, 2008

    All I know is this is really hot, really soon in the year. I hope it is not a sign of a super hot summer again. With energy prices were they are, its going to be an expensive summer.