Summer's sizzle returns to Triangle

Posted July 4, 2010 4:41 p.m. EDT
Updated July 4, 2010 11:33 p.m. EDT

— An extended period of hot weather is on the way this week to North Carolina.

Solidly sunny days will push the mercury over 95 degrees each day through Friday, WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said.

"Sunday was the first of many days we'll see in the 90s," she said.

The forecast is rain-free straight through the work week and the daily high temperatures will be about 10 degrees above the 30-year norm for this time of year.

"We will be flirting with 100 a couple of days," Deaner said. The hot, dry days will push the heat index over the triple-digit mark.

The daily dewpoint will determine whether the weather gets warm enough for a heat advisory – a warning issued when the heat index is expected to exceed 105 degrees for more than three hours in a given day.

The dewpoint will start the week in the 60s but will rise as the week goes on, increasing the stickiness factor and risk for hazardous heat.

North Carolina got a reprieve from the 100-degree weather that blanketed much of the Northeast through the holiday weekend. The National Weather Service predicted triple digits again for much of the East Coast Monday and Tuesday.

"D.C. and New York will see the most intense heat," Deaner said.