Temps Hit Triple Digits In Several Locations

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.


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.

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  • by jerry Location: enc on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    I`m elderly and no one has checked on me, not even my own grown and gone kids. When I croak, I want to be cremated and thrown in the ocean, so anyone who eats fish can kiss my cheeks one more time.
  • by Noneymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM
    Let's pack up and move to the Pacific Northwest, I've always wanted to visit, what better time than now?
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      by jerry on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:15 PM in reply to Noneymous
      Let`s go!
    • reply
      by Audra on Jul 22, 2011 at 02:41 AM in reply to Noneymous
      You won't like it. It rains all the time (except for a few horrid and humid weeks in August when the temp skyrockets), it's terribly segregated, and it's full of people with lots of money they're very stingey about. Terrible drivers too.
  • by Chillin in the AC with generator back up on Jul 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM
    Use to work in an essential physical job where it had to get done no matter what the weather. Personally, if I get so bad off that I can't take a little hot weather, let natural selection take me on out of this world.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    It's even in the 100's in Minnesota, Illinois, and New York.
    • reply
      by jerry on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:16 PM in reply to
      Good, let the Yanks suffer along with us!
      • reply
        by TY on Jul 21, 2011 at 09:10 PM in reply to jerry
        At least the southern bumpkins are used to it.
    • reply
      by Sam on Aug 2, 2011 at 07:36 AM in reply to
      Did it end up reaching the 100's in Canada?
  • by jerry Location: enc on Jul 21, 2011 at 06:21 AM
    Think I`ll move to Nova Scotia in the summer. It`s 73 degrees there now.
  • by we're too spoiled on Jul 20, 2011 at 02:52 PM
    My grandparents and other relatives in central SC had no electricity nor AC before I came along and many lived a long, long lifespan. They had to pick up a block of ice from an icehouse if they wanted the frige to work. Personally, had no no AC in the dorms at ECU for summer sessions. We did just fine. The halter tops were fine too :P
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2011 at 09:55 PM in reply to we're too spoiled
      You're assuming no one died from the heat in previous generations. Not true.
  • by ncyankee Location: goldsboro on Jul 20, 2011 at 08:16 AM
    Ok WITN, start announcing to check on the elderly and pets, and DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN AND PETS IN CARS!! this is so important, and if everyone would take time to check all of these, hopefully we will get through this dangerous heat wave. thanks
    • reply
      by anon on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:03 PM in reply to ncyankee
      sure boss, anything else?
  • by Jeff Location: Greenville on Jul 20, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    July and August are awful here. Last week was a mirage.
    • reply
      by True on Jul 21, 2011 at 06:37 AM in reply to Jeff
      But September (barring a hurricane), October, November, March, April, and May are wonderful. I'll take that trade-off.
  • by Charles on Jul 20, 2011 at 05:15 AM
    I think it's sad that even my prickly pear cactus is wilting out in this heat. I'm already watering the other garden beds to save them. I shouldn't be watering the prickly pear to save them too! Oy.
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      by jerry on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:20 PM in reply to Charles
      You just think it`s bad here, I have a cousin in Arizona who has a catfish that`s 2 yrs. old and does`nt even know how to swim.....

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