Tuesday's toasty temps launch lingering heat wave

Posted July 19, 2011

— The Triangle saw some toasty temperatures Tuesday with a high of 96 degrees, but the heat index made it feel like the low 100s.

"It looks like this is only the beginning as we inch up to 97 tomorrow, 99 Thursday and then the core of the heat wave getting here on Friday and Saturday with temperatures right around the century mark," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel. 

Heat indexes, which peaked at 102 degrees in the Triangle and 103 degrees in Fayetteville, were also expected to climb as the week progresses, Fishel said.

Heat advisories are in effect for Wake, Durham, Johnston, Sampson, Harnett, Moore, Franklin, Orange, Cumberland, Hoke, Lee, Wayne, Edgecombe, Nash, Halifax, Warren, Vance, Granville and Wilson counties from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service issues these advisories when the heat index is expected to reach 105 to 110 degrees for three or more hours.

Scattered afternoon showers are possible Wednesday as well.

After a 100-degree weekend, scorching temperatures are expected to stick around through next week.

This summer has been exceptionally hot, with temperatures hitting the high 90s at the end of May, spiking in early June and now for the second time this month.

Colby Lambert, agriculture extension agent in Cumberland County, said the heat has killed about 80 percent of the county's corn crop and that other crops are experiencing heat stress.

People in downtown Fayetteville braced for a sweltering afternoon, but some said they're grateful that North Carolina hasn't suffered through a heat wave like the one beating down on the Midwest, where heat indexes have hit 120 degrees.

Emily Junius, a Wisconsin native, was walking her dog downtown Tuesday morning, when temperatures were still in the mid-80s. She said the heat wave in her home state is unusual, and that she thinks heat waves in North Carolina are more frequent with more intense sunshine.

In recent days, heat indexes in Wisconsin have climbed above 100 degrees.

"It's usually really mild in the summer – 60s, 70s, 80s, a couple days in the 90s. Now they're in a heat wave right now as well," Junius said.


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  • Big Mike Jul 19, 2011

    Want snow, ice, and 15 degree temps....or the heat? It's just could be on the sun...25,000F and really crispy..or the back side of Mars...-350 and a popsicle..

    Just be glad you are where you are and hopefully have A/C to cool the whining!!

  • jeff27577 Jul 19, 2011

    Your car thermometer reading is high because of the residual heat from the asphalt below. It was about 96 degrees this afternoon.

    what if i live on a dirt road?

  • jmf1073 Jul 19, 2011

    vv Your car thermometer reading is high because of the residual heat from the asphalt below. It was about 96 degrees this afternoon.

  • dgcreech Jul 19, 2011

    "High of 97"? My car said 102 about 45 minutes ago

  • ykm Jul 19, 2011

    Gotta love this heat. Just a part of nature, a few tunes and some cold fruit ya can't get any better. Plus the heat keeps the sun dress business workin and that ain't a bad thing.

  • seankelly15 Jul 19, 2011

    ConcernedNCC - "seankelly15: post your email and I'll do that."

    You can post your data here. You don't need my email address.

  • shortcake53 Jul 19, 2011

    Think of others during the heat. Check on a neighbor or someone who lives alone. It only takes a minute.

  • ConcernedNCC Jul 19, 2011

    seankelly15: post your email and I'll do that. I didn't know I was supposed to in the past...and what do you mean by "It is you again, isn't it"? It always has been me.

  • cheezchicken Jul 19, 2011

    Yes, summer weather is a depressing thing. The bright spot here is that Monday it looks like a good downturn of the blast furnace. Get your sweaters out, everyone!

    At least we're not in Texas!

  • shoutntime Jul 19, 2011

    Alright - here's a scientific study for ya....Wunderground tells me its 83.7 outside. WRAL says 87 and my smart phone says 79. I have no idea what the tempeture is - oh my. - AWakeMom

    I don't need a thermometer, I step outside and it feels stinking hot.