Triangle ties daily heat record

Posted July 29, 2011

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— The Triangle tied the daily record for the hottest temperature at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Friday, but fell just short of matching the all-time record temperature. 

The temperature at RDU on Friday afternoon reached 104 degrees, which matched the record high reached on July 29, 1952. The Triangle's all-time high of 105 degrees has been reached three times at RDU. 

Current Temperatures, DMA Temperature Tracker

Humidity made it feel as if it was 105 to 110 degrees Friday. The heat index will leap to over 110 degrees Saturday.

A heat advisory for central and eastern North Carolina cautions that people should limit their outdoor activities, if possible, and pay careful attention for signs of heat illness. The advisory is in effect through 9 p.m. Saturday. 

To help people get relief from the scorching temperatures, Wake Forest is offering area residents free admission at the Holding Park Pool, 133 W. Owen Ave., on Friday. The pool is open until 6 p.m. 

Despite the heat on Friday, postal worker Troy Thorpe walked his route off of Gorman Street. Thorpe, who has been delivering mail for 17 years, said he drinks plenty of water and carries a sweat rag to keep him from getting too overheated.  Thorpe said postal service vehicles have no air conditioning.

The heat didn't discourage farmers from checking out the wholesale produce at the State Farmer's Market in Raleigh in the pre-dawn hours of Friday.

Farmers talked about how they've dealt with the heat.

"I try to keep everything irrigated, keep the soil moist, and that's about all you can do," said Bill Walker, owner of Walker Farms in Randolph County. "We still have a little bit of heat damage, but if you can keep the ground moist, the plants will tolerate it."

Walker said he's been able to irrigate all his plants, and luckily, the heat wave struck after his crops had matured, making them more able to handle the heat.

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A front swinging over the state Sunday will bring the best chance for some relative relief from the heat. Isolated showers and storms will help drop the daily high to around 93 degrees.

Highs in the mid 90s will likely continue into the middle of next week.

"It makes you shiver just thinking about it, doesn't it?" WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel joked.

The Triangle is creeping up on the record for the most days with temperatures at or above 100 degrees in one year. So far this year, there have been seven days with triple-digit temperatures.

At this point in 1999, there had been six such days. That year, the Triangle saw 12 days with temperatures at or over 100 degrees.

"We're more than halfway there," Fishel said.


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  • readerman Jul 29, 2011

    Cold snap of 97 next week.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 29, 2011

    July 29, 2011 4:37 p.m
    I agree. Now that's hot.

  • Timtooltime Jul 29, 2011

    Hello ! It is Summer ! Nothing more to report on except,,, no do not let China put US further in HEAT,,,, Debit ! ARRRRRRRRRRRRR !

  • Myword Jul 29, 2011

    As I predicted this morning, no record. Typical of the viewing area's forecasters to hype an event that never occurs.
    Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas

    So, tying a record of 104 is hype? That's funny.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jul 29, 2011

    As I predicted this morning, no record. Typical of the viewing area's forecasters to hype an event that never occurs.

  • Big Mike Jul 29, 2011

    Saw 105 for about 1/2 mile on my truck's digital temp display today...on 15-501 in was 104 most of the way. I got home in the Bahama area and it was a cold 99.

  • Myword Jul 29, 2011

    There were some people on here earlier sniping that WRAL had set the 104 prediction as too high. Looks like it was right on the money according to the airport high temp. Congrats WRAL on a perfect prediction! (Although I hope this was the high for the summer!)

  • hunter38 Jul 29, 2011

    Al Gore has the answer......send him a donation and he'll make things better...he promises.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 29, 2011


  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jul 29, 2011

    Well shoot. I hate ties And one more degree can't be that bad.