Comfy temps give Triangle football fans relief from heat

Posted September 16, 2016 5:43 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 2:04 p.m. EDT

— Temperatures around the Triangle on Friday night will give high school football players and fans a break from the recent sweltering heat.

As high school games begin to kick off around 7 p.m., temperatures will be comfortably in the mid-70s. Humidity will be down, too, with dew points registering in the mid-60s.

The cool air is coming in from the northeast, which typically brings more moisture into the region, said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. That moisture coupled with the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia have the potential to bring scattered showers—something the region needs.

"We could use another good, soaking rain," Gardner said. "It's just dry, dry, dry."

Julia will wander off to the southeast, Gardner added, and begin to weaken along the way.

Football Friday forecast

Saturday will be another pleasant day to take in a football game: At 3:30 p.m. when the Tar Heels kick off in Chapel Hill, the temperature will be in the mid-80s. By the time North Carolina State University opens in Raleigh at 6 p.m the mercury will drop to 82 degrees.

Those numbers rise on Sunday and Monday, though, when the region will see temperatures in the low 90s. Gardner said Monday's forecast high of 93 will be close to a record for this time of year.

For fans watching high school games from home, "HighSchoolOT Live" will host seven games live online this week, including the site's first game from Cumberland County. "HighSchoolOT Live" can be seen live every Friday night at 6:55 p.m. on, the free mobile app, or on the WRAL app for Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV.

Saturday temperatures