Published: 2012-05-03 10:36:00
Updated: 2012-05-03 18:33:35
Posted May 3, 2012 10:36 a.m. EDT
Updated May 3, 2012 6:33 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Temperatures climbed into the lower 90s for the second day in a row on Thursday, continuing this week's early-May heat wave.
The record high for May 3 was set in 1959, when the mercury climbed to 93 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Thursday's high topped out at 91.
"The weather is quiet around the area. It looks like it will remain so this evening, so if you have outdoor plans, you should be in good shape," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.
Wednesday saw a similar situation with the high stopping at 91 degrees – just one degree below the record.
The taste of summer didn't stop people from heading out to Strawberry Day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh. People packed the area to sample strawberries and dine outdoors at the Farmers Market Restaurant.
An organized storm system over Alabama is expected to head north and turn eastward over the next few days, bringing a chance for showers and thunderstorms Friday.
High temperatures will stay in the 90s on Friday and Saturday before a gradual cool down starts on Sunday. Temperatures will return to the upper 70s and low 80s by early next week.