Published: 2011-05-30 07:11:00
Updated: 2011-05-30 13:29:43
Posted May 30, 2011 7:11 a.m. EDT
Updated May 30, 2011 1:29 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Memorial Day, the symbolic start of summer, will be a scorcher in the Triangle, and it kicks off a week of above-normal temperatures. Over the next seven days, the forecast high is in the 90s under bright, sunny skies, said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss.
"We may be up in record territory a time or two within the next couple of days," he said.
High pressure should keep any rain out of the forecast, but hot, humid days mean an afternoon thunderstorm is always possible, Moss said. That pressure also means the air quality will be pretty stagnant, which could lead to breathing problems for some later in the week.
Even the nights will be sticky with the low temperatures only dipping to about 70 degrees.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the heat index could reach 100 degrees. The normal high temperature for the first week of June is 82 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.