Triangle Briefs

Triangle sets record for 90-or-over days

September 11, 2007 

It will hardly come as news to people who have been sweltering for months, but the Triangle has broken another heat record.

The temperature reached or exceeded 90 degrees on 74 days so far this year -- more 90-plus days than any year on record. The previous record was set in 1953, which had 72 days of highs in the 90s.

With the National Weather Service forecasting a high of 92 today, we can expect the record to stand at 75 days of 90-plus days.

The high hit 90 or more every day but one in August, the hottest month on record at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The exception came Aug. 11, when the high was 85.

But lo and behold, the heat could ease up later this week.

The forecast calls for highs of 85 on Wednesday and 83 on Thursday and Friday.

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