Air quality alert extended, temps push into high 90s

Posted July 6, 2010

— Temperatures pushed into the high 90s Tuesday at Raleigh Durham International Airport and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources extended the Code Orange air quality alert for the Triangle and other parts of the state through Wednesday night.

"Some parts of the area saw 99 degrees, but I would not be surprised if we hit 100 today," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Code Orange means the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as active children and adults and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma. They should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

Get information about codes green, yellow, orange, red and purple.

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

Maze forecast another day of triple-digit temperatures on Wednesday before the heat abates a bit by the end of the week, when an offshore low-pressure system could bring some much needed rain to North Carolina.

"(Wednesday) will be the hottest day of the heat wave and the most uncomfortable," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

The hot, dry weather will tax area lawns and flower beds. Several area cities, including Raleigh and Cary, have year-round water restrictions in place, preventing residents from using sprinklers more than three days a week.

Johnston County recently issued a water shortage advisory because its distribution system couldn't keep up with demand for water. The advisory asked people to refrain from outdoor irrigation and washing cars.


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  • fetidbreath Jul 6, 2010


  • wildcat Jul 6, 2010

    I feel for all of them!

    Thanks for the info.

  • wildcat Jul 6, 2010

    Stay cool if you are going to be outside. Be sensible!

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jul 6, 2010

    The code orange is a catch 22. Ideally, people would put extra effort into minimzing emmisions for the day, but we also have to minimize outdoor exertion for our health. So I could bike to work to save car emissions, but the heat and pollution might kill me. Maybe big companies and gov't should require office workers to telework on code red days and encourage it on orange days.

  • meBNme Jul 6, 2010

    "Does that include the NAACP?"

    Yep, they are going to sue the universe for making minorities suffer. Then they will sue for NOT making White folks suffer more than everyone else.

  • NoFreakinWay Jul 6, 2010


  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jul 6, 2010

    Wow, the heat is really getting to people. I like to exercise outside and I do take these warnings as well as the forecast into account. I'll skip working out today and try to run early in the morning tomorrow and swim indoors the next day. But there are plenty of more tolerable days in the summer, so I watch the weather and plan for them.

  • Karmageddon Jul 6, 2010

    "Code Orange means the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups"

    Does that include the NAACP?

  • ncmickey Jul 6, 2010

    grumpy negative nellys.....
    You dont like the forecast STOP WATCHING!!!

  • bluetarheel21 Jul 6, 2010

    here we go again :-(