Triangle July Could Be Hottest In More Than 50 Years
Posted July 21, 2005 11:07 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Triangle is on a course to have the hottest July in more than 50 years, according to weather forecasters.
So far in July, the Triangle has recorded 18 out of 20 days in which the high reached 90 degrees or more.
Since 1948, the most 90-degree-plus days in July has been 24, says WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.
As of July 21, the Triangle only needs seven more days of 90-degree weather to break the record since 1948.
On the five day forecast, the record would seem to be close to being broken -- with each of the next five days well above 90 degrees for highs -- and a sweltering 100 degree day forecast for Monday.
Maze blames the high temperatures on a high pressure ridge that is over most of the country. That system is likely to bring more hot weather to North Carolina over the next few days.