Record heat starts fall in N.C.

Posted September 22, 2010

— Central North Carolina is sweltering through potentially record-high heat as the summer ends and fall begins.

Hours before summer officially ends at 11:09 p.m. Wednesday, temperatures crested 90 degrees in Raleigh, threatening the daily record of 93 degrees.

The temperatures are forecast to be 96 degrees on Thursday, which would set another daily record.

Sunny days with 90-degree plus temperatures stretch through the weekend.

The fall heat wave comes after North Carolina already set a record for the most days with temperatures of at least 90 degrees in a year. As of Tuesday, the record stood at 87 days.

"We've got three or four more days of it to deal with, and then maybe, maybe it'll be finished," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "Sunday looks like the day that'll probably begin to change our weather pattern."

On Sunday, a cold front will move through the state, dropping the daily high to about 80 degrees. It will also create a chance for some rain showers and storms.

More seasonable, autumnal weather is also forecast for the start of the work week. Monday and Tuesday will see highs in the low 80s, with clouds and a chance of rain both days.


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  • geosol Sep 22, 2010

    Love to read the right wing parrots when they try to talk about "sciencey stuff"! You see, its all part of this HUGE global conspiracy that was concocted by those filthy rich, money-grubbing research scientists!! (Shudder!!) They only care about money and profits. Now, those nice right wing entertainers, oil and coal companies don't care about money and profits at all; they just want to do what's best for the environment. See!!? Wasn't that easy?

  • Tarheelfan13 Sep 22, 2010

    jgilchr stated: "Folks I am one who believes there is truth to climate change and I can tell you one event does not determine whether it is happening or not. This heat has more to do with a broad ridge of high pressure across the southern US like it has all summer. It is a La Nina weather pattern. Climate change can only be determined by a long term climate record which takes into account decades rather than a single weather event."

    Exactly. The reason this summer has been a consistent hot one is because we have not had much troughing but have been the super majority of the time under various high pressure ridges.
    High pressure causes air to sink and compress thereby warming the air. And as jgilchr stated La Nina caused us to frequently be under the influence of high pressure ridges and not troughs. Also, the jet stream has on a whole stayed consistently far well to the north of the South this year which has trapped colder air from providing temporary heat relief at times as normal

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 22, 2010

    If your momma doesn't call you anymore because she doesn't want to come visit you with all your ridiculous weather, well ...

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 22, 2010

    If they close your neighborhood pool when it's still near 100, that is a big problem.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 22, 2010

    If you need to apply sunscreen in December - March, that is a problem.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 22, 2010

    If the weather guy has to leave the screen more than once a week to kick the equipment, that is a problem.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 22, 2010

    If a hi-pressure parks itself overhead for years at a time, blocks all of NOAA's incorrectly predicted hurricanes, blocks all 2 chances for snow each winter, that is a problem.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 22, 2010

    If it averages 72 in winter, as it does in our area most years, that is a problem.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 22, 2010

    If the air quality alerts out number the days of actual rainfall, that is a problem.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 22, 2010

    Here's the deal, climate change has nothing to do with any of this. Incorrect forecasts over and over and over and over are the problem. If you tell people something is going to happen repeatedly and then it doesn't, they get tired of hearing it and blame you! I could care less about climate change.