Hot, humid air to linger in Triangle all week

Posted August 17, 2014 12:34 p.m. EDT
Updated August 18, 2014 7:39 a.m. EDT

Day planner for Monday, Aug. 18

— Hot, humid air is setting up shop in the central and eastern North Carolina, and it will linger throughout the entire work week, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said. 

After an unseasonably mild first half of the month, high temperatures will reach the 90-degree mark for the next five days.

Temperatures have reached 90 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport just once in the month of August, and there have been three days in the 70s so far. 

"The muggy air mass is here, and it's going to bring the heat back in a big way this week," Moss said. "With the warmer conditions, we'll also see a more unstable air mass that could result in some afternoon showers and storms."

Scattered precipitation is possible Sunday afternoon, although much of the area should stay dry. 

On Monday, rain chances during the afternoon and evening will hover around 30 percent. Tuesday, those chances will increase to 40 percent. 

By the middle of the week, daytime highs will climb into the upper 90s, topping out near 96 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday. Rain chances will diminish in the second half of the work week.

"We will continue to be warm Friday, but we should get a break and head back into the upper 80s by next Saturday," Moss said. "We will also see an increase in our rain chances for the weekend."