Widely scattered storms possible Tuesday as excessive heat continues

Posted June 23, 2015 6:36 a.m. EDT
Updated June 23, 2015 6:44 a.m. EDT

— Temperatures will climb well above 90 degrees for the 13th consecutive day Tuesday across central and eastern North Carolina, likely closing in on records in several locations.

The June 23 record high at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, set in 1986, is 100 degrees. High temperatures should be close to that by mid-afternoon Tuesday, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.

Widely scattered afternoon showers and storms could accompany the excessive heat, but Moss says many will miss out on any precipitation.

Storms that do form could include heavy rain, strong winds and hail. Areas along the Virginia border have a higher risk of seeing strong to severe storms.

"Our excessive heat continues today across the area, especially east and south of Raleigh," he said. "Several counties, including Cumberland, Hoke, Johnston, Sampson and Duplin, are under a heat advisory once again from noon to 7 p.m."

Heat index values could climb well above 100 degrees during the warmest part of the day.

To reduce the risk of heat exhaustion, the National Weather Service advises that all people limit time outdoors, especially during the hottest parts of the day. Those who work outside are advised to wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing, drink plenty of water and take regular breaks.

Duke Energy says closing blinds on the sunny side of a house, grilling outside or using a microwave instead of an oven can save energy costs for homeowners. Additionally, switching from incandescent bulbs to LEDs or CFLs can lower the temperature in homes by up to 2 degrees.

Above-average temperatures will linger throughout the rest of the work week, with highs climbing into the upper 90s through Friday.

"We could see much cooler temperatures and wetter conditions over the weekend," Moss said. "Some folks could see highs in the upper 70s on Sunday."