Another record, and an end to triple-digit temps

Posted June 10, 2008

— The mercury hit 100 degrees Tuesday for the fourth day in a row – breaking the previous record for June 10 of 97 degrees. Every day in June so far has been hotter than normal.

The heat wave has prompted near-record demand for electricity, according to area utilities.

Progress Energy reported peak demand Monday of 12,290 megawatt-hours, compared with the record of 12,656 megawatt-hours last Aug. 9. Duke Energy reported peak demand Monday of 18,228 megawatt-hours, compared with its record of 18,998 megawatt-hours last Aug. 8.

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said there are no more 100-degree days in the immediate future, and the cool down could manifest itself in isolated late-afternoon thunderstorms and hail as heat and moisture are pushed up into the atmosphere.

A pressure ridge has had the jet stream funneling hot, muggy air from the southwest over to the East Coast as far north as New York, meteorologist Mike Maze said. Computer models show that system beginning to break down, however, and daytime highs should be around 90 Wednesday and in the 80s for the rest of the week, Maze said.

Until then, however, nearly 50 North Carolina counties remained under a heat advisory until Tuesday evening.

“Yeah, (it’s) another hot day, but tomorrow, we expect it to be cooler,” Maze said. “Wednesday, we can’t rule out showers and storms.”

Wednesday will be cloudy with a cold front to the south. The atmosphere should be unstable enough to produce a few showers and storms especially in counties south of the Triangle later in the afternoon.


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  • duwbit Jun 10, 2008

    I think the forecast could be the same from now thru August-HOT with a 30% chance of showers...

  • Jeremiah Jun 10, 2008

    "Funny how the forecast for today was dry yesterday but now all of a sudden there is storms in the forecast."

    Actually, i thought that they were calling for rain today (on yesterday's forecast).

  • gator nation gal Jun 10, 2008

    Bring on the rain and cooler temps!

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Jun 10, 2008

    Steven, Mother Nature loves to play tricks on the forecasters... I remembered one forecast where severe thunderstorm warning was issued, then retracted, and re-issued within two hours. The storm really occurred a few minutes later, so the forecasters were ultimately correct :-)

  • Steven Jun 10, 2008

    Funny how the forecast for today was dry yesterday but now all of a sudden there is storms in the forecast. I thought they could figure out these things a few more days in advance than this.

  • sfate61 Jun 10, 2008

    Come on cold front....cooler temps please.......