Published: 2014-07-25 07:03:16
Updated: 2014-07-25 07:03:16
Posted July 25, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Strong thunderstorms that pummeled central North Carolina on Thursday evening have cleared out, and a new weather pattern is setting up for a sizzling hot weekend.
“It’s all out of here now. All those thunderstorms have moved off to the coast and died down,” WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said Friday. “We’re not going to have to worry about that today.”
Instead, residents will need to worry about keeping cool and slathering on the sunscreen.
Saturday’s high is expected to reach 93, and temperatures will soar to 97 degrees on Sunday. The highs won’t break records of 101 degrees for Saturday and 104 for Sunday, but they will be close enough.
“Our temperatures are going to climb big time for the weekend,” Gardner said.
But the extreme heat should die down by Tuesday, when the high will hit the mid-80s and stay there for several days.
“Some major ups and downs in our seven-day forecast, which is something we see pretty often in the spring, fall and winter, but not as often in the summer,” Gardner said. “However, we have seen a whole lot of that this summer.”
Friday’s high will be 86 degrees, and there is a chance of showers near the South Carolina border. Parts of the region also could get isolated storms late Sunday.
Storms on Thursday evening knocked out power to about 3,000 people in Wake County and triggered several flash flood warnings in the Triangle.