Friday and Saturday were scorchers here in eastern North Carolina with no relief expected for Sunday.
An excessive heat warning for portions of our area remains in effect until 8pm Sunday. Those counties under the excessive heat warning include: Duplin, Wayne, Lenoir, Jones, Onslow, Carteret, Craven, Pamlico, Beaufort, Hyde and the Outer Banks. The rest of eastern Carolina is under a heat advisory until 8:00pm.
Highs will be similar to Saturday reaching to near 100° with the heat index approaching 110° at times.
The beaches is the place to be with highs there running about 10° cooler with a bit more of a breeze. The heat index will still be above 100° at the beaches this afternoon
There will be a better chance for a thunderstorm Sunday afternoon and evening with about 30% coverage expected.
If the storms do develop there is the chance for a few of the storms to become severe with strong winds and heavy downpours the main threats.
High temperatures hit the triple digits in several Eastern Carolina cities Friday afternoon. Rocky Mount had a 104° reading. Goldsboro was 101°, while Kinston hit 100°. Greenville, Jacksonville and Washington topped out at 99°.
At the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the mercury hit 105°, breaking a record for this day of 101°, and tying an all-time high record for any day at the airport, which was set in 2007. Authorities say it got so hot the pavement buckled on Interstate 440 closing the southbound lanes near the Interstate 40 west exit.
Heat indexes, or the "feels-like" temperature hit 110° in Rocky Mount, 109° in Richlands, 106° in Kinston and 105° in Washington on Friday.
This heat is very dangerous with temperatures a few degrees hotter expected over the weekend.
A strong ridge of high pressure will linger over the southeastern U.S. through the weekend. Southwest winds associated with the high pressure area will drive the mercury to right around 100° this afternoon through at least Monday of next week. The beaches should top out in the lower 90s.
With higher humidity levels moving in, heat index values will likely range from 110° to 115° each afternoon. Only a stray thunderstorm or two will develop each afternoon and evening.
This will be a dangerous heat wave. Listen to your body and take care of it over the next 4 to 6 days. Stay hydrated and slow it down. Ideally you should avoid prolonged periods outdoors during the afternoon hours.
Your car can become very dangerous in this kind of heat. Just 15 to 30 minutes of directly sunlight can warm the interior of your car to 150°+. Do not leave children or pets in your vehicle.
Little relief is expected through July 4 although highs may fall into the middle to upper 90s by midweek. Cold fronts will generally stall to our north but may get close enough to increase the threat for showers and thunderstorms. It will be a relentless period of intense heat well into next week.
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