Week of heat and humidity hits NC

Posted May 21, 2011
Updated May 23, 2011

— Sunday kicked off a five-day stretch of 90-degree temperatures in central North Carolina. Along with the heat comes the humidity.

"It's going to feel a lot more like summer than spring," WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said. 

Temperatures in Raleigh climbed into the low 80s late Sunday morning and hit 90 degrees by afternoon.

"Late in the afternoon or early evening, there may be a stray shower or thunderstorm. I think a fair amount of us will miss out on those, but be careful," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.

That will kick off a pattern for most of the work week: near-record heat and slight chances for afternoon thunderstorms that could turn severe. The temperatures are expected to stay a few degrees short of records set at Raleigh-Durham International Airport for this week.

"Then, as we get out to Thursday and Friday, we're expecting temperatures to back off a little bit," Moss said.

Thursday's high will drop to 90 degrees, and Friday's temperatures are expected to slip back into the mid 80s.


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  • lma1973 May 23, 2011

    Lookin at the handy dandy dual doppler 5000 here and its looks liek some shower activity developing off to the north and west. Sky warners beware!

  • lma1973 May 23, 2011

    Right now the otp of the page on WRAL says 93 degrees. Im in Raleigh though.

  • JohnnyMcRonny May 23, 2011

    Hottest May 23rd at RDU was in 1953 (95F). Right now - according to the top of the page - it is 88F.

  • lma1973 May 23, 2011

    Uh oh-its 92 degrees outside. Im getting scared. Somebody hold me!!

  • SARCASTICLES May 23, 2011

    Keepin it real is a liberal? That IS TOO Funny. ;)

  • norainonmyparade May 23, 2011

    If you're on the "equal payment plan" or "budget billing" you don't have to worry about $400 Electric Bills (yes, it's called Electric, not an AC bill) because your bill is the same amount every month, year-round. It might be something to consider if your $400 electric bill is giving you cause for alarm. Personally, I like knowing how much my utilities will be, and don't miss the sticker shock when opening an electric bill in the summer.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas May 23, 2011

    I would eat the moon if I took Gas-X beforehand.

  • keepin_it_real_is_a_liberal May 23, 2011

    ... waiting for winter.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas May 23, 2011

    wash your ditch, I have no idea what you're talking about.

    Deacon, any deception of your rates being lowered that you bought into is your problem. We've been told rates have been decreased by pennies, big deal, but for several years now our bills have done nothing except go up and it's not because of usage because each year we turn the temp up higher than the last. My home is new, we don't keep it set on blizzard so I can assure our fleecing is the same one you get in your trailer, but because your trailer is only 400 sq. ft. it only costs a fraction of what my home costs to cool.

    If I'm wiping sweat indoors it's too hot and now that the cook and toast factor has arrived to this great area of ours let the biscuits start baking.

  • GWALLY May 23, 2011

    .."What do you guys leave your AC set to during the day? Mine is on 77..."

    This time of year with the night time temps in the 60's we use our whole house exhaust/cooling fan at night to cool down the house, close the windows during the day to keep the cool air in and the hot air out. (That's called country AC!) Later when it stays hot at night we turn the AC on.