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Stretch of heat extends in Triangle

Posted September 24, 2010

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— Temperatures in the Triangle topped 90 degrees Friday – the third day in a row and the 90th day it's gotten that hot this year.

"The remarkable thing is that we are at 90 90-degree days for the year and prior to 2007 we never had more than 72 of those in an entire year," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

"We've blown that record out of the water now twice in four years."

It was 91 degrees at 4 p.m. at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Saturday's forecast high is 95 degrees, but a cooldown is expected on Sunday.

The cooler temperatures are expected to be accompanied by some much-needed rain the early part of the work week.

Dry conditions have reigned for much of September. Only fourteen-hundredths of an inch of rain have fallen, and the state is 8.5 inches behind the normal rainfall total at this point in the year.

Clouds and humidity will build throughout Saturday, and the front will likely stall over the state overnight, creating a small chance of showers. The front could stick around, creating unsettled weather through Tuesday.

"I don't think Sunday will be a washout. Monday might be, though," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Central and eastern North Carolina will see a dramatic temperature drop early next week. On Sunday, the high is predicted to be 83 degrees, and highs in the mid and low 80s stretch out past mid-week.

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  • Mugu Oct 1, 2010

    Sonny Perdue answered our prayers!

  • rixida Sep 24, 2010

    I'm just as tired of this heat and dryness as everyone else, maybe more because I'm from Minnesota, but its alot better than all that flooding they are having in other places. Those poor people are losing alot more than just grass. We need to count our blessings.

  • OhBella Sep 24, 2010

    I want this extreme heat to end now! My electric bill has been sky high...just like the rest of Raleigh! Eh, there could be worse things in life.

  • Adelinthe Sep 24, 2010

    "I'm sick of wral telling us it's going to rain and it never does. That it's going to cool down and it never does. Now Sunday's good chance is fleeting fast. And to sit there and say this is very unsual for late Sep., I say bull again. We often hit 90 many days in October. What will you say next month morning lady? As the headline says, WE ARE WAITING! On you guys to get it right!"

    Maybe you need to either rail at Mother Nature or turn the channel.

    Might need a Prozac too.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Adelinthe Sep 24, 2010

    Lord, send us some nice gentle lasting rain, but you can keep the thunder and lightning. k

    God bless.

    RB

  • mrsgaskill Sep 24, 2010

    Maybe some of you will take solace in the weather channels forecast. They are predicting rain sunday and monday. As far as temps, it's not going to get above 80 all week! Check out www.weather.com for a different perspective.

  • unclegrits Sep 24, 2010

    "I'm sick of wral telling us it's going to rain and it never does. That it's going to cool down and it never does. Now Sunday's good chance is fleeting fast. And to sit there and say this is very unsual for late Sep., I say bull again. We often hit 90 many days in October. What will you say next month morning lady?
    As the headline says, WE ARE WAITING! On you guys to get it right!"

    Have you ever thought that maybe predicting the weather is hard? It's not like your job of flip the burger, put burger on bun, serve.

  • Realamerican71 Sep 24, 2010

    Bring on the rain, my lawn is dry and crunchy.

  • gregg45 Sep 24, 2010

    flip the last day to hit 90 or above was oct 8, thats not many days,, and do you really think cake, if they could make it rain anywhere anytime and they would like it 2,, do you really think they would be on wral?? if i had that power , believe me . i would own this entire planet,, and believe me, everyone here in dec jan feb, will be whineing about how cold it is then,, it is also quite rare to hit 4 day records in a row in any month, so stay tuned ,, the weather aint over until you die,, peace

  • Mugu Sep 24, 2010

    We need Sonny Perdue to pray for rain!

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