Gardner: At least it won't feel like 100 degrees in the Triangle

Posted May 29, 2019 5:32 a.m. EDT
Updated May 29, 2019 5:47 a.m. EDT

— Thursday is another hot day, with high temperatures reaching 96 degrees in the Triangle.

The good news, meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said, is a fairly low dew point will keep the air feeling close to the actual temperature instead of even hotter.

When temperatures reach the 90s, she said, high dew point, or moisture in the air, usually makes the heat index 5 to 7 degrees warmer.

“It’s a good thing, right?” Gardner said. “I mean, we’re still talking about mid-to-upper-90s, but we’re not talking about 100, 105.”

Heat Index, DMA

Temperatures will reach the mid-90s by lunchtime and the upper 90s by the evening, Gardner said.

Fayetteville could feel like 99 degrees by the evening.

Wednesday and Thursday will be quiet as a high-pressure system sticks around.

Mid-Atlantic Radar

There’s a 30 percent chance for rain on Saturday as a low-pressure system tries to develop offshore and a front sinks down from the north, Gardner said.

But rain in central North Carolina will be patchy, and less than half an inch of rain is predicted by Sunday night.

High temperatures will dip back into the upper 80s Saturday through Monday, and they’re expected to drop down to 86 on Tuesday.

7-Day Forecast