No relief in sight from heat

Posted May 31, 2011
Updated June 1, 2011

— This week's temperatures might have Triangle residents checking their calendars. Highs are expected in the low- to mid-90s for the next seven days, making the start of June feel more like July or August.

Current Temperatures, DMA Temperature Tracker The scorching, late-spring heat is expected to break high-temperature records. The record high for May 31 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport is 97, and the WRAL WeatherCenter is forecasting a high of 98 in Raleigh.

On Sunday, the high temperature of 94 tied the record for the date. The normal high temperature for this time of year is 82 degrees.

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said there is no end in sight to the 90-plus-degree high temperatures, though there will be some slight cooling on Thursday and Friday with the passage of a weak cold front. Temperatures will ramp up again Saturday and Sunday.

"It's a hot pattern that shows no sign of breaking down substantially any time soon," Fishel said. "A heat hostage crisis, if you will."

Combined with the humidity, heat indices climbed above 100 degrees in much of central North Carolina on Tuesday. 

The National Weather Service issued air quality alerts for Wake, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Orange, Person and Vance counties until 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Members of sensitive groups, such as children and the elderly, may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.

Safe Kids Worldwide Kids in cars can quickly turn dangerous in summer heat

The state chapter of Safe Kids Worldwide is reminding parents to never leave children alone in a hot car. High temperatures inside cars nationwide claim the lives of 35 to 40 children each year.

The organization says that temperatures inside a car can rise by 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. 

"People think if you crack you windows it makes a difference, but it doesn't," said Kelly Ransdell of Safe Kids Worldwide. "It's like a convection oven. It just gets hotter and hotter in the vehicle, so we want parents to realize you can't leave them even for a minute."


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  • Cat22 Jun 1, 2011

    Actually, Hell doesn't sound too bad right now. Upper 70's.

  • Skywatch_NC Jun 1, 2011

    For those who have a thyroid or pancreatic issue (like myself) 90+ degree heat/humidity just further exacerbates us when we're outside. So for those who don't mind the heat and don't have one of those health issues e.g. ...well, God bless ya!

  • Skywatch_NC Jun 1, 2011

    What happened to those 83 degree days that were reported to be coming on last night weather?

    Possibly Friday afternoon

  • Mark Hayes Jun 1, 2011

    What happened to those 83 degree days that were reported to be coming on last night weather?

  • anniemouse Jun 1, 2011

    Couple of all youse who are complaining about the heat; please let me hold the door open for you while you go back up nawth.
    This is NC. It is hot. And humid. Get over it or go somewhere else.
    The other thing is all you short sighted people who are concerned about your lawns...water is not an unlimited resource. Memories of Falls Lake a few years back can't be gone already. Even if you are on a well, that underground aquifer does have a limit and I am worried that the limit will be reached sooner than later. Consider this the next time you turn on the of these days nothing will come out, and that person who looks back at you in the mirror will be the one to blame.
    More to blame for water issues are the homeowner associations who are hurting us all by requiring green lawns. They all need to allow mulching, drought resistant ground cover, etc. We would save millions of gallons of water each year. How can our local governments let these (HOA) have so much power?

  • 426X3 Jun 1, 2011

    Welcome to the South.

  • wmb95013 Jun 1, 2011

    i run my a/c and "roll" windows down!....and sometimes i do go drivethru and then park and go inside the restaurant too. maybe it's the heat getting to me???

  • PanthersFan45 Jun 1, 2011

    When it comes to driving in this kind of heat & humidity there is no doubt in my mind that the people who are driving with their windows down either don't have A/C, the A/C is broken ... or they think they are saving a few pennies at the expense having a wet shirt when they get home. Cars really hold in the heat and that coupled with the exhaust from autos in rush hour traffic is just nasty. I always look at those people and think "Glad I'm not them".

  • UNJUSTIFIED Jun 1, 2011

    @ The heat whimps,,,Move north!

  • MudLife May 31, 2011

    @ Give us da heat n drought i totally agree!! It's to hot and to expensive to go to work.