High temperatures and humidity ahead for remainder of week

Posted July 10, 2020 5:14 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2020 10:22 p.m. EDT

— High temperatures are expected to hit the mid-90s for the remainder of the work week, according to WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell.

On Wednesday and Friday, the heat index could reach the triple digits.

Earlier Monday, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Wake, Johnston and Harnett counties. Main hazards are 60mph wind gusts and quarter sized hail. Benson, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina and other locations could be impacted.

The warning expired at 7:30 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Areas like Wendell, Clayton and Garner were being hit by storms at around 6 p.m. Monday evening.

Storms could pop up just about anywhere across the eastern half of the state, according to WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth.

"Not everyone will get storms. These will be hit and miss," Wilmoth said. "The main risk will be damaging wind gusts and perhaps some hail."

The greatest chance for storms to form comes between about 2 and 8 p.m., she said.

The storms are expected to be slow-moving and bring a chance for flooding near rivers, streams and low-lying areas. An Aerial Flood Advisory was put in place until 9 p.m.

Scorching hot week ahead

Prepare for above-normal temperatures this week

On Monday, the heat index, or how hot it feels outside, will surpass 100 degrees, a bit hotter than normal for mid-July.

The yearly average for days above 90 degrees at RDU is 44. So far, we've already had 21 days above 90 this year.

Heat Index

A rise in temperature can wear on the body, so here are some helpful tips to remember as the heat rises:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stay in the shade
  • Wear light clothing if you can
  • Put on sunscreen if you are exposed to the sun for long periods of time
  • Wear sunglasses if you are outside
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