Triangle sees triple-digit heat

Posted July 25, 2010
Updated July 26, 2010

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— Highs reached 102 degrees in the Triangle on Sunday. The heat index, which indicates how hot it actually feels, reached 112 degrees, WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said.

The heat index is being driven by high humidity, which can also cause heat-related health problems. High humidity keeps perspiration from evaporating, preventing the body from cooling down. That leads to heat-related illnesses.

To help protect people from heat-related illnesses, shelters in Wake County initiated the "White Flag" program. When the flags are out, shelters take all comers.

Blanche Kearney and her 9-year-old daughter, Zalika, were glad to have a cool place to go Sunday as the temperatures rose.

“You can feel it. You can tell that it is 100 degrees because by the time you get outside and you take a few steps, you feel the heat,” Kearney said.

The Kearneys were among 40 homeless people who took shelter from the heat at the Salvation Army at 215 S. Person St. in Raleigh. The shelter is over capacity but when temperatures climb above 90 degrees, no one is turned away.

“Some of these are families that have been living in their cars. You can imagine the expense it costs to run the AC in your car all night,” said Paige Bagwell, executive director of development for the Salvation Army of Wake County.

Shelters in Wake and Durham counties helping people get out of the heat are:

  • Durham Rescue Mission Men's Division, 1201 E. Main St., Durham (men)
  • Durham Rescue Mission Women and Children's Division, 507 E. Knox St. (women and children)
  • South Wilmington Street Center, 1420 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh (men)
  • Helen Wright Center for Women, 401 W. Cabarrus St., Raleigh (women without children)
  • The Healing Place of Wake County, 1251 Goode Drive, Raleigh (women without children)
  • Salvation Army, 215 S. Person St., Raleigh (women with or without children)
  • Raleigh Rescue Mission, 314 E. Hargett St., Raleigh (women with or without children)

View Triangle homeless shelters in a larger map

Sunday's triple-digit high beat a record of 98 set in 1949. Temperatures are expected to cool off some heading into the workweek.

"We are going to see temperatures in the 90s, not in the lower 100s," Deaner said.


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  • tobywilliamson58 Jul 26, 2010

    It always seems to rain and lighting in the summer round here when we get storms! Um, thats odd!! Wonder if that happens anywhere else?

  • Big Mike Jul 26, 2010

    We live in Northern Orange County and I counted 35 lightning strikes within maybe 10-12 miles from here in a 20 minute period. We had two really close ones..the flash/crack/boom type.
    gotta love the summers of NC.....

  • QT3.14 Jul 26, 2010

    It's nice to post a list of shelters accepting all-comers. So if someone is living in their car, they just need to insert their wi-fi card into their laptop and they'll have this info! Cool!

  • mgratk Jul 26, 2010

    I've seen fire and I've seen rain. I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end.

  • teck Jul 26, 2010

    Hey todd23, thanks for the compliments. I was the one who took the 2 photographs of the lightning. I am in the Kings Grant Condominiums in North Fayetteville. I was aiming in the North direction towards Raleigh. I took the one with the single bright bolt around 9:58pm and the one with the sideways bolt at 10:01. 5-6 mins later it downpoured like crazy here. It was neat because they showed my photographs on the air at 11:02pm last night.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Jul 26, 2010

    Like I said...

    yard's been dead for months and I'm in the viewing area. When it rains again, around Christmas, I'll let you know, until then get it right, if it doesn't rain for ALL of us, it's called drought. The dirty secret they just don't know how to handle here.

  • Tacoma4x4 Jul 26, 2010

    They were not even predicting rain for my area until it started downpouring, then changed the forecast, I checked several times throughout the day. Today they were calling for mostly cloudy, and just now changed it to partly sunny. I think wral releys on that weather predictor model a little too much, personally I think it's a dumb blonde. Glad to have the rain

  • miketroll3572 Jul 26, 2010

    Have not seen any rain in Cary for several months....dry as unbuttered toast!

  • Viewer Jul 26, 2010

    Todd, It is not nitpicking it is English Composition 101.

  • todd23 Jul 26, 2010

    Maybe this is just nitpicking but only the first paragraph and part of the second paragraph of this article has anything to do with storms or rain. The photographs are amazing, though!