Oppressive heat spreading into North Carolina

Posted July 20, 2011 6:25 a.m. EDT
Updated July 20, 2011 6:58 a.m. EDT

— The heat wave that has scorched the middle of the country is heading east.

A heat advisory is in effect Wednesday for much of central North Carolina, where forecasters say temperatures in the upper 90s will combine with high humidity to make it feel like 105 to 108 degrees.

And the heat index is only going to climb this week. The National Weather Service predicts by Friday it will feel hotter than 110 degrees in Raleigh and 107 or above in Greensboro and Charlotte.

The sticky weather also means nighttime lows may hover around 80, offering little relief.

Forecasters say the weather should slowly cool below dangerous levels this weekend.