The cooler weather of the past few days will soon be a dream again to people working and playing outdoors.
A hazardous weather outlook issued by the National Weather Service shows temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s Wednesday through Sunday, and it will feel like 100-plus degrees counting humidity.
The hottest days in the stretch should be Friday and Saturday, with forecasts of 98 degrees and heat index values between 100 and 105 degrees. Forecasters say they are generally conservative in predicting numbers several days in advance.
“It’s quite likely those may get nudged up a little bit,” said Jonathan Blaes, a meteorologist at the NWS Raleigh forecast office. “Normally, highs this time of year are in the low-90 range in the central Piedmont.”
Record temperatures are 102 for Friday (July 21), 103 for Saturday and 105 for Sunday.
“It will be hard to beat those, but Thursday to Saturday we will be approaching those record highs,” Blaes said.
That means people who must be outdoors are urged to take caution. Heat advisories are likely to be issued on a day-to-day basis throughout the week.
“Think ahead,” Blaes said. “If you have to mow the grass, do it early in the day. If you go running, plan it at a smart time of day. Seek out shade.”
The forecast does not call for any major organized storms for the week ahead, but isolated storms in the afternoons are possible.