Heat is here; storms could follow

Posted July 20, 2010
Updated July 21, 2010

— Strong thunderstorms are possible again Wednesday evening as the heat index climbs into the triple digits.

"Heat index values could climb to between 102 and 107. If you are working or playing outside, make sure you remain well-hydrated," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

By 3 p.m., the temperature at WRAL Studios in Raleigh was 95 degrees, but it felt like 107.

"There is a slight possibility for storms from Cumberland County all the way north to the state line," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. Any storms that develop could be capable of producing damaging winds, frequent lightning and scattered showers.

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"There is a disturbance over southern Kentucky and eastern Tennessee that could bring some storms our way later this evening," he said.

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Temperatures could climb to 100 degrees Thursday and Friday with high humidity making it feel as if it were at least 110 degrees.

"We expect the greatest heat to be upon us starting (Thursday) and lasting through Sunday," Gardner said. "Heat advisories may be issued in the coming days to remind us about the dangerous heat."

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Cumberland County authorities urged people to stay inside in an air-conditioned space as the temperatures soared, recommending county recreation centers or public libraries as respite from the heat.

The Cumberland County Department of Social Services office, at 1225 Ramsey St., also planned to open an auxiliary lobby Wednesday and any time during the summer when the heat index is expected to surpass 100 degrees. The lobby is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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  • Zelda Jul 21, 2010

    Thank goodness we've gotten some rain. I've been in Durham since 1969 and this is the worst summer I can recall. Can't wait for it to be over.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Jul 21, 2010

    We had a heck of a storm last night. Sideways rain, no visibility, heavy wind, downed trees & electricity out.

  • Travised Jul 21, 2010

    Up north, earlier this year my AC was found dead when I tested it. Sadly, the temp hit the mid 90's for a few days. I took a hotel room to avoid it. When I came back the carpet was buckled up due to the humidity!! Hope you get it replaced yesterday.

    Stay safe in the storms. I drove through horizontal rain and high winds this last weekend. Didn't know there was a tornado spotted in the area when I left!

  • RainierBeer Jul 21, 2010

    much better job on the photos WRAL...

  • Weetie Jul 21, 2010

    It's so hot that I saw two trees fighting over a dog...

    THAT was a good one!!!

  • Myopinionandnotyours Jul 21, 2010

    Joke: It's so hot here that the squirrels are fanning their nuts and trees are begging for dogs to pee on them!

  • thefensk Jul 21, 2010

    Well, after growing up in Texas I can say it is just as hot here except for one thing: we can be thankful that for the most part summer temperatures pretty much stick to the summer months.

  • Mitch Jul 21, 2010

    It's still not as bad as south Florida at 92 degrees

  • heelsgirl05 Jul 21, 2010

    1) its North Carolina and its JULY. this shouldnt be news
    2) tommys5, good joke about trees fighting over the dog!

  • freetospeak Jul 21, 2010

    The air quality is absolutely horrible!!!