Forecast: Warm and muggy

Posted July 21, 2008

— Triangle residents should prepare for a “two-day bake” as temperatures hit the upper 90s to low 100s Monday and Tuesday.

Heat index values could climb to 105. Partly to mostly sunny skies are also expected.

The record temperature for Monday is 102 degrees, set in 1952, while the record high for Tuesday is 103.

"Fair, warm (and) muggy" WRAL Meteorologist Greg Fishel said as he described the forecast for Monday evening with lows dipping into the 70s.

Most of eastern North Carolina is under a heat advisory until Tuesday evening, including Bladen, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Pitt and Robeson counties.

The hot days will also bring poor air quality. The state Division of Air Quality has warned of Code Orange conditions in the Triangle metropolitan area on both Monday and Tuesday.

Code Orange conditions mean air quality is likely to be unhealthy for sensitive groups – children, elderly, people active outdoors and those with respiratory ailments. Those people should avoid moderate exertion outdoors during the afternoon.

The air-quality warning covers Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Orange, Person, Vance and Wake counties.

Code Yellow conditions – moderate air quality – were predicted for Fayetteville and Rocky Mount.

Sensitive groups include children and the elderly who are active outdoors, people who work outdoors and people who have respiratory ailments.

Tuesday's weather will be similar to Monday's, but an unsettled weather pattern should emerge and might produce thunderstorms overnight.

"There might be an isolated (rain) shower or thundershower in a few spots, but I don't think many (people) will see rain tomorrow," Fishel said.

The remainder of the workweek will be a little cooler, with highs in the mid- to upper 80s and a chance of showers.


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  • Mr. Iowa Jul 21, 2008

    Harsh weather? It hasn't been 100 degrees since the beginning of June. If anything I would say we've gotten off very lightly this year (knock knock). If it doesn't hit 100 tomorrow we might go all the way through July without hitting 100!

  • jamiller89 Jul 21, 2008

    Please Dear God, Bring on the fall early this year!! What have we done to deserve such harsh weather.

  • ljcs357 Jul 21, 2008

    I could use a 2 day bake myself

  • .Milky Jul 21, 2008

    "Forecast: Prepare for 'two-day bake'"


  • nowon_yuno Jul 21, 2008

    Great headline WRAL! 2 Day Bake! I'll match ya and bring my own munchies!

  • Tired_of_LIBERALS Jul 21, 2008

    Be SURE to keep the water off and don't let the kids run in the sprinkler or fill wading pools or do anything else that might cool them off and have fun. We have to be sure that there is enough water for the next 800,000 people who need to move here for the home builders association!

  • Southern Fried Yankee Jul 21, 2008

    After all the rain we've had, we're due for a bake out and drying of the ground.....Besides, it IS summer, ya know....

    Time to get out the solar panels and store up some electricity for winter.