Cooler temps expected this week, but it's still hot

Posted August 1, 2011 6:47 a.m. EDT
Updated August 1, 2011 6:50 a.m. EDT

— Weekend rain and somewhat cooler temperatures brought some much-needed relief to the Triangle and central North Carolina, reeling after triple-digit highs last week.

So, what's expected this week?

"It may not be quite as hot as it was toward the end of last week, but we are expecting temperatures to run a good bit above normal for the next several days, including today," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said Monday.

Normal is around 89 degrees. The high for Monday is expected to reach 95 degrees, and the thermostat will inch toward the 100-degree mark, reaching 99 degrees by Wednesday, before dropping slightly the rest of the week.

The weekend rain, heavy at times, brought an average of about an inch of rain to much of central North Carolina, which is seeing moderate drought conditions.

Some areas saw as little as a quarter-inch of rain, while others saw more than 3 inches.

Raleigh-Durham International recorded approximately 3.25 inches.

There is little chance of rain this week. Conditions are expected to be partly sunny.