Record-breaking heat wave churns up storms
Posted July 24, 2011 9:51 a.m. EDT
Updated July 24, 2011 11:11 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Sunday marked the fifth day in a row with 100-degree temperatures at Raleigh Durham International Airport, setting an all-time record. The previous record streak of triple-digit days was four, set in 1983 and matched in 2008.
The high temperature in Raleigh hit 101 degrees Sunday, also beating a record for the date, which was set last year at 100 degrees.
The heat churned up severe thunderstorms in central North Carolina throughout the afternoon and evening, bringing heavy rainfall, strong winds and lightning, said WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner.
The heavy rainfall caused some localized flooding in Chatham and Wake counties.
A storm in Sampson County wasn't considered severe, but it did produce dime-sized hail, Deaner said.
The start of the work week will see a slight dip in temperatures, with daily highs reaching into the mid to upper 90s Monday through Thursday.
There's a chance of hit-and-miss storms again on Monday and Tuesday.
By the start of next weekend, temperatures will likely be flirting with 100 degrees again.