Published: 2009-06-20 08:52:00
Updated: 2009-06-22 12:45:51
Posted June 20, 2009 8:52 a.m. EDT
Updated June 22, 2009 12:45 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — The Triangle was four degrees away from breaking a 45-year-old temperature record Saturday. Highs reached 96 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, just shy of the record 99-degree day set on June 20, 1964.
Late afternoon and evening thunderstorms are possible, particularly in northeastern counties.
"With all the heat and instability, the potential is there for one or two strong or severe storms," WRAL Meteorologist Mike Maze said.
Potential dangers include strong downburst winds and lightning and lesser chances of large hail and isolated tornadoes.
Local governments are helping out those vulnerable to heat, including children and the elderly:
Although it won't really cool things down, the cold front will bring some relief Sunday – a high in the low 90s and less humidity.
"As we head into early next week, we come back to near normal temperatures with mid to upper 80s for highs and a mix of sun and clouds each day," WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss said.
Normally, North Carolina sees highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid 60s this time of year.