Week of heat and humidity hits NC

Posted May 21, 2011 11:06 p.m. EDT
Updated May 23, 2011 8:14 a.m. EDT

— Sunday kicked off a five-day stretch of 90-degree temperatures in central North Carolina. Along with the heat comes the humidity.

"It's going to feel a lot more like summer than spring," WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said. 

Temperatures in Raleigh climbed into the low 80s late Sunday morning and hit 90 degrees by afternoon.

"Late in the afternoon or early evening, there may be a stray shower or thunderstorm. I think a fair amount of us will miss out on those, but be careful," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.

That will kick off a pattern for most of the work week: near-record heat and slight chances for afternoon thunderstorms that could turn severe. The temperatures are expected to stay a few degrees short of records set at Raleigh-Durham International Airport for this week.

"Then, as we get out to Thursday and Friday, we're expecting temperatures to back off a little bit," Moss said.

Thursday's high will drop to 90 degrees, and Friday's temperatures are expected to slip back into the mid 80s.