Hottest temperatures of the summer ahead

Posted July 11, 2011

— Triple digit "danger zone" temperatures are coming to the Triangle this week, prompting heat advisories for central North Carolina.

"We haven't seen anything like this this summer. It is a couple of nasty days," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Tuesday should reach a high of 101 degrees, but the temperature combined with humidity will make it feel like 105-110 degrees.

A heat advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday for more than 30 counties, including Wake, Chatham, Durham and Orange.

Wednesday's high is expected to reach 100 degrees, followed by cooler temperatures as the week goes on.

Jim Micheels, owner of Raleigh Running Outfitters, said runners should try going early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the peak temperatures.

"In heat like this, the gains you get from running just get canceled out. It's not worth it. Humidity gets you just as much as the heat does," said Micheels, who has been running for more than 30 years.

Extreme temperatures didn't deter the Nog Running Club, which meets weekly at the Tir Na Nog Irish bar on Blount Street in Raleigh, from sweating through their workouts Monday evening. Nog Running Club Raleigh running club sweats through the heat

"Everybody is suffering together," said runner Dileep Dadlani.

In anticipation of the heat, WRAL's Dr. Allen Mask suggests that people drink plenty of fluids. Runner Gary Frank is following that advice.

"Get some water beforehand, bring some water with you and stay cool," Frank said.

Mask said there are other ways to beat the heat.

"You want to try to prepare as much as you can," Mask said. "That means wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses to protect eyes, loose fitting clothing preferably (in) white or light colors."

Mask is especially concerned about those people older than 65 and younger than 4 because they have more difficulty regulating body temperature. Mask said that certain medications like beta-blockers, diuretics, antihistamines, tranquilizers and anti-psychotics also impair the body's ability to regulate body temperature.

Mask said he is already seeing cases of heat exhaustion. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include headache, weakness, fatigue and muscle cramps. Heat stroke occurs when body temperature reaches 104 degree or above.  Hydration is key to beat the heat Hydration is key to beat the heat

"The body does the best it can to regulate body temperature, sweating as a means to bring core body temperature down," Mask said. "At times, you just need to call a time out (and) take a break."

Air quality an issue

A number of Triangle counties are under a Code Orange air-quality alert for Monday. Visibility was compromised by two factors – smoke from the ongoing wildfires in the state and a deck of low clouds that moved in early Monday morning.

A Code Orange means the air is unsafe for sensitive groups, such as the elderly, small children and those with asthma or other chronic breathing problems. The general public is mostly unaffected.


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  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jul 11, 2011

    Power outages you say?
    That won't happen around here. But what will is a certain 15% rate hike from Prog. E.

  • kimv Jul 11, 2011

    LOL @NCSUclassof90

  • kimv Jul 11, 2011

    soo hottt!

  • AtALost Jul 11, 2011

    Has any thought been given to a "what if" we were to have a power outage? There are many elderly folks that are unable to handle the heat like the rest of us can.

    Tornadoes and hurricanes can be predicted since they usually exist before they reach us. A power outage can happen for many reasons at any time and for varying durations. While it's great to see you concerned about the elderly, I doubt anyone has the time or resources to load up all the elderly and take them to a shelter when a power outage occurs. Not to mention the liability involved if one should happen to slip and fall. If the elderly can get themselves to a shelter, they can simply go to an establishment that has power if they need to get out of the heat.

  • Made In USA Jul 11, 2011

    Has any thought been given to a "what if" we were to have a power outage? There are many elderly folks that are unable to handle the heat like the rest of us can.

    Having plans for a shelter ahead of time would be quiet valuable to the elderly, even if there wasn't a power outage. Many are living without ac already. We have shelters for tornado victims and hurricane victims. Why not for excessive heat?

  • grasshopperrtp2 Jul 11, 2011

    Where is a HURRICANE when you need one to cool things off?

  • NCSUclassof90 Jul 11, 2011

    The hot weather makes the girls dress in a way that is much more interesting. I love it! Thank you global warming!

  • JaniceJoplin Jul 11, 2011

    Phew! I am sweating just looking at the temps to come!

  • colleencecelia Jul 11, 2011

    @Big Mike and @wnt2rant

    Up north you can still get summer temps that high and were NOT leaving, the winter's down here are not as bad as winter's up there. The north is great to live in, BUT down here theres a medium between NY and FL. You get enough snow but not to much and the summers are not 100+ every day. I've lived in NY, FL and here and nothing beats how much better the weather is down here compared to NY and FL

  • AWakeMom Jul 11, 2011

    Big Mike - sorry bud - I'm stayin -- a hot summer down here is alot better than a cold winter up there. ;o)