August makes itself felt

Posted August 11, 2010 10:47 a.m. EDT
Updated August 11, 2010 6:08 p.m. EDT

— The heat index topped 110 degrees Wednesday in what was forecast to be the hottest day of a hot week.

Temperatures reached the upper 90s in Raleigh, Fayetteville and points in between, but no town saw a reading over 100. Sunny skies combined with high relative humidity made it feel as much as 10 degrees hotter.

The mercury topped 90 degrees for the 61st day this year. The record for 90-degree days, 83, was set in the summer of 2007, but so far 2010 has been more than a match for that torrid season.

Heat advisories were in effect for more than 70 counties statewide through the evening hours.

There is a slight chance for thunderstorms to develop, but those will be few and far between, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.