14 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Johnston, Nash, Halifax, Edgecombe, and Mecklenburg, VA counties. Details
Published: 2009-06-19 08:56:00
Updated: 2009-06-20 09:23:06
Posted June 19, 2009
Updated June 20, 2009
Raleigh, N.C. — WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze has one question for North Carolinians: "100 degrees, are you ready?"
By Saturday, they better be.
North Carolina saw a high of 91 degrees Friday and next comes "the scorcher" – a high of or above 100 degrees on Saturday, Maze said.
Those temperatures would make for the hottest days this year. If the mercury cracks the century mark Saturday, it would set a new record high for the date. The record high for June 20 in Raleigh is 99 degrees, set in 1964.
"It's definitely, officially feeling like summer outside," WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said.
"Since this is our biggest heat, some tips: Stay hydrated, take frequent breaks, make sure you check on your elderly friends and your pets," Maze said. "Make sure they have enough cool air, make sure your pets have a nice cool spot and plenty of water. It’s going to be rough on them. They’re more susceptible."
The heat could also be accompanied by some storms.
A cold front will cross the state from the northwest on Saturday, which could produce afternoon and evening thunderstorms, Deaner said. The storms could bring strong winds and large hail, she said.
Relief from the extreme heat will come by the end of the weekend. Sunday will see a high in the low 90s, and then temperatures will slide into the mid-80s for the start of the work week.
Maze pointed out that such heat isn't entirely unseasonable for North Carolina in June.
The state most recently saw a 100-degree day on June 10, 2008, and that day ended a four-day streak in which temperatures soared above 100 degrees.