Temperatures at several locations here in Eastern Carolina hit triple digits, while at many other places it's not far off. In Richlands the "feels like" temperature topped out at 118°
Kinston and Kenansville hit 102°, while the mercury got to 101° in Goldsboro. Richlands, Rocky Mount and Washington all made it to 99° on Thursday.
Heat indexes at many spots were between 105° and 118°.
A strong ridge of high pressure over the eastern U.S. will stay with us through the end of the weekend, increasing the risk of heat related ailments with each passing day.
Daytime highs will continue to range from about 96 to 101° over the inland areas from Thursday through Sunday. The beaches will top out around 90°. High humidity levels will make it feel much hotter. Heat index values will run from 105-110+° through at least Sunday.
CURRENT HEAT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
Heat Advisory: A heat advisory will be in effect from 11:00 am through 8:00 pm for all counties in eastern Carolina on Thursday. Heat indices will run from 104-110°
Heat advisories and heat warnings are likely on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as well.
This will be a dangerous heat wave. People should take the necessary precautions including: wearing light colored & loose fitting clothing, drinking plenty of water, taking frequent breaks, and decreasing outdoor activities. Also make sure your pets have plenty of water and are not left outdoors for any prolonged time periods. Automobiles become ovens in this kind of heat. Interior temps can exceed 150° when sitting in the sun for only a short period of time. Never leave children, pets, or anything you care about in the car for any length of time without air conditioning.
Multi-day heat waves are particularly dangerous. Your body has a harder time dealing with the heat each consecutive day. Remember to listen to your body and act accordingly.
Currently it's looking like a cold front should arrive in the area on Monday of next week, dipping the highs to the lower 90s, with a much needed rain chance.