Record heat starts fall in N.C.

Posted September 22, 2010 1:37 p.m. EDT
Updated September 22, 2010 3:45 p.m. EDT

— Central North Carolina is sweltering through potentially record-high heat as the summer ends and fall begins.

Hours before summer officially ends at 11:09 p.m. Wednesday, temperatures crested 90 degrees in Raleigh, threatening the daily record of 93 degrees.

The temperatures are forecast to be 96 degrees on Thursday, which would set another daily record.

Sunny days with 90-degree plus temperatures stretch through the weekend.

The fall heat wave comes after North Carolina already set a record for the most days with temperatures of at least 90 degrees in a year. As of Tuesday, the record stood at 87 days.

"We've got three or four more days of it to deal with, and then maybe, maybe it'll be finished," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "Sunday looks like the day that'll probably begin to change our weather pattern."

On Sunday, a cold front will move through the state, dropping the daily high to about 80 degrees. It will also create a chance for some rain showers and storms.

More seasonable, autumnal weather is also forecast for the start of the work week. Monday and Tuesday will see highs in the low 80s, with clouds and a chance of rain both days.