Raleigh, North Carolina — Prepare for extreme heat! We expect near record highs on Monday and a triple digit heat index.
The maximum in Raleigh on Monday is 98 degrees, but it will feel between 105 and 110 degrees during the hottest part of the day, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.
We will see mostly sunny conditions Monday morning followed by partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. The day will be very hot with a possible isolated thunderstorm.
The record at RDU is 100 degrees set in 2002.
Multiple heat advisories were issued as of noon Monday for dozens of central North Carolina counties, including Wake, Durham, Orange and Cumberland.
This is the kind of heat where heat exhaustion and heat stroke can occur if you don’t rest on the job outside. Drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks, and try to find a cool place if you work outdoors.
According to Gardner, the extreme heat will likely be with us all week, but the worst will be Monday and Tuesday.
Tuesday will be warmer than Monday, with a high around 100 degrees and a heat index around 115 degrees. Tuesday’s record is 97 degrees, set in 1944, so a record will almost certainly be broken. An excessive heat warning has also been issued, along with a level 1 and level 2 risk for severe weather.
A backdoor cold front arriving from the northeast that could drop the heat by a few degrees starting Wednesday.
It will still be very humid, so the heat index value will still be above 100 degrees even though the maximum will be in the mid-90s.
Highs in the 90s are expected every day of the work week. On Saturday, the 80s make their comeback.