Triangle temps edge closer to record high

Posted July 28, 2011 8:39 a.m. EDT
Updated July 28, 2011 10:32 p.m. EDT

— The hottest temperature ever recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport was 105 degrees in 1952, and the Triangle could tie that record in the next couple days.

The predicted high for Friday and Saturday is 104 degrees, but WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said Thursday evening that it could easily reach 105 degrees, tying the 59-year-old record.

"It's not impossible that we could match that tomorrow," Fishel said.

Thursday's high was 3 degrees shy of the milestone, but it was hot enough for the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory watches and warnings for parts of central and eastern North Carolina. (View a list of the latest watches and warnings.)

A heat advisory warning means temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees and heat index values pushing up around 105 to 110 degrees. People should limit their outdoor activities, if possible, and pay careful attention for signs of heat illness.

The heat was too much for Noah Green, 10, who attended baseball camp at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Thursday morning and later took in the Durham Bulls game. He and three others were treated for heat-related illnesses at the park. 

At North Carolina State University's Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, fans taking in a soccer game Thursday night were asked to move to bleacher seats closer to the field because of the heat in the stands. 

Temperatures are expected to remain in the triple digits until at least Sunday, when highs back off to the low to mid-90s.

"It makes you shiver just thinking about it, doesn't it?" Fishel joked.

The new bout of heat, however, isn't as bad as that in previous weeks because of lower dew points.

So far this year, there have been seven days where the high temperature has reached or exceeded the 100-degree mark.

In 1999, by this time, there had been six days. That year, the Triangle saw 12 days over 100 degrees.

"We're more than halfway there," Fishel said.