Get ready: Heat index expected to top 100 degrees next several days
Posted August 19, 2019 4:28 a.m. EDT
Updated August 19, 2019 6:06 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — The first half of the work week will be uncomfortably hot before a noticeable cool down late in the week.
On Monday and Tuesday, heat index values are expected to be in the triple digits, making it feel hotter than 100 degrees outside. Highs in the mid 90s are expected each day, but Monday is expected to be the hottest day of the week.
"Be prepared," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "We'll have a heat index over 100 degrees for the next several days, and there will be little relief."
There is a 30 percent chance for precipitation and a thunderstorm or two on Monday afternoon, but the day will stay mostly dry and partly cloudy.
The high temperature is expected to top out Monday at 94 degrees, well above the normal high this time of the year of 88 degrees.
Storms and rain are less likely Tuesday and Wednesday, but temperatures will stay hot, with highs around 93 degrees in Raleigh.
On Thursday, an elevated chance for rain enters the area, with hit-and-miss storms.
After the storms, central North Carolina will experience a noticeable cool down, with temperatures dropping into the 80s for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Tropical system won't impact central NC
A tropical system currently bringing heavy rain to North Carolina's coast shouldn't impact the Triangle.
The high pressure system has a 30 percent chance for development in the next 3-5 days. While the system is bringing buckets of rain and thunderstorms to the coast, including Cape Hatteras, only remnants of the system's rain as likely in central North Carolina this week. The system is expected to diminish later this week when it moves out to sea and hits cooler waters.