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Meteorologist: 'The heat wave is behind us'

Posted June 11, 2008

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— The extreme heat and triple-digit temperatures plaguing the Triangle will dissipate Wednesday. Highs will be in the low- to mid-90s.

“The heat wave is behind us,” WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. “It’s a little bit more comfortable out there.”

The next few days will still be hot, but not nearly as bad as the week began. Thursday’s high is expected to be 88 degrees. A late-day storm is possible.

A cold front moved through the area Wednesday morning and was expected to spark a few showers and storms later in the afternoon, especially in the southern half of the state.

“We’ll take anything we can get to get rid of the 100-degree highs,” Maze said. Rain also would help replenish moisture that the extreme heat had baked out of the soil.

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

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

Progress Energy reported peak demand Monday of 12,290 megawatt-hours, large but below 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 had the jet stream funneling hot, muggy air from the southwest over to the East Coast as far north as New York, Maze said.

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  • Pineview Style Jun 11, 2008

    "When will it be our turn to be cold again? Hopefully soon."

    Just got off the phone with Old Man Winter. He said he plans on giving us visit some time in December/January. Got ya covered my friend!

  • hi_i_am_wade Jun 11, 2008

    I know I'm not that old, but I don't ever remember the heat coming in so soon. I remember weeks that were slightly hotter than the last few days, but that was July, not the first of June.

    Because of it being so warm, I did a little checking on the polar ice caps. Last year it was a big deal because the Arctic ice was so low. Well, guess what, this year it is on pace to beat that record low. Conversely, the Antarctic ice caps had a record high last year. Of course, that wasn't a big deal. Well, guess what, this year it is on pace to beat that record high.

    I just wish the cold that was in the southern hemisphere would creep up here. The southern hemisphere has been colder than normal for a while now. When will it be our turn to be cold again? Hopefully soon. I saw another report about how the sun has been inactive for 2 years longer than normal. If the sun is inactive for too long, we have an ice age. I don't want an ice age, I just want cooler weather.

  • Schadenfreude Jun 11, 2008

    I just went outside and the heatwave seemed like it was still right there in front of me.

  • APPMAN Jun 11, 2008

    Yeah, the heat wave is over yet every time you look at the forecast, they've raised the temperatures again. And 92 is still pretty hot.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Jun 11, 2008

    such phoney-bologna.... The heat wave is coming back hotter than ever....

  • TheWB Jun 11, 2008

    Brrr, gonna need a jacket.

  • GoBlue Jun 11, 2008

    Thank god global warming is over.

  • bs101fly Jun 11, 2008

    UNTIL THE NEXT ONE!!