Storms possible across central N.C.

Posted August 11, 2009
Updated October 17, 2011

— Some area residents said Tuesday they were trying to make the best of a scorching situation by enjoying the heat that has gripped central North Carolina in recent days.

High temperatures reached the upper 90s Tuesday afternoon in the Triangle – Raleigh hit 99 degrees for the third straight day – while Fayetteville and Erwin hit 100, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. High humidity levels made it feel like it was well over 100 degrees outside, he said.

People try to beat heat by enjoying it People try to beat heat by enjoying it

The steamy conditions make spotty storms possible. The chance for storms was only slight Tuesday, but would increase later in the week, Fishel said.

Still, the heat didn't stop several people from renting paddle boats and cruising around the pond at Pullen Park.

"This hot weather is going to go away, and we'll have a beautiful fall and a mild winter and a beautiful spring. That's why we're here," said Budd Radovich, who recently moved to the Triangle from Florida.

"It's summer. It's North Carolina. It's typical," Eileen Stott said.

Veronda Edwards and her class of youngsters from the Growing Years day care center crowded under an umbrella at the park.

"(We're trying) to keep the sun off. There's not enough shade," Edwards said.

Health experts advised people who are outside for extended periods to drink plenty of liquids and to schedule their activities for the morning or evening to avoid the brunt of the afternoon heat.

At the Mission Valley 66 service station on Western Boulevard, mechanic Mitch Freeman said the heat was keeping him busy. Hot weather can cause a car battery to fail and create other automotive problems.

"You just need to keep an eye on coolant and stuff and keep an eye on air pressure," Freeman said. "It builds up in your tire, and if you have a really worn-out tire, the tire is going to blow out, and you're stuck again."

A cold front moving in from the west will likely make the extreme heat go away as early as Wednesday, WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said. Until then, "we don't have much in the way of anything to talk about across North Carolina other than sunshine and heat."

Temperatures Wednesday will top out in the upper 80s, and highs Thursday will be in the mid-80s, she said.

The front also will bring cloudy skies and a good chance for showers and thunderstorms across the state on Wednesday and Thursday, Deaner said.

"We've got a lot of moisture in the atmosphere to work with," she said, noting some areas could see more than an inch of rain.


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  • time4real Aug 11, 2009

    cooling, rain on the way. Believe it when i get it!

  • tgw Aug 11, 2009

    Relief is in sight-legislature has gone home-and check the radar. Storms are in the Triad area already. GREAT!!

    Still got to drink lots of water. Lots of water-not soft drinks or Bo's tea. SORRY-just WATER!!

    Best time of year is just before the leaves fall off the trees.
    Leaf blowers are great-so is paid labor. Go to Mt. Mitchell or similar area in mid-October for the show of your life. Cannot get much better than that.

    Keep cool!!

  • iron fist Aug 11, 2009

    We have seasons, sometimes its difficult to tell when one ends and another begins. I like fall except for all the leaves to be raked, bagged and taken to the dump. We don't usually have fall we go from summer to winter, I will have to say winter here is not bad at all.

  • 007KnightRider Aug 11, 2009

    Don't we have seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall? It's SUMMER folks!!

  • iron fist Aug 11, 2009

    Cold front??

  • time4real Aug 11, 2009

    embrace it. be the heat.

  • smegma Aug 11, 2009

    sorry but a plastic paddle boat that works up a sweat, surrounded by cool water you can't swim in just isn't gonna cut it