Balmy week could turn rainy

Posted July 20, 2008 4:42 p.m. EDT
Updated July 21, 2008 6:07 a.m. EDT

The beginning of the work week will be hot with temperatures possible in the lower 100s, WRAL Meteorologist Kim Deaner said.

Monday promises to be one of the hotter days of the summer with highs expected in the upper 90s to around 100. Heat index values could climb to 105. Partly to mostly sunny skies are also expected.

Monday night warm and muggy conditions will continue with lows dipping into the 70s.

Tuesday will have similar conditions to Monday, but as an unsettled weather pattern emerges a chance of thunderstorms will become possible overnight.

The remainder of the workweek will be a little cooler with highs in the mid to upper 80s and a chance of showers.

The N.C. Division of Air Quality has predicted Code Orange conditions for Monday in the Charlotte and Triangle metropolitan areas and high elevation areas near Asheville.

The Code Orange forecast means people who are sensitive to air pollution should avoid moderate exertion outdoors during the afternoon. Sensitive groups include children and the elderly who are active outdoors, people who work outdoors and people who have respiratory ailments.