Tuesday will be another hot, muggy day in the Triangle, with temperatures expected to reach the high 90s and the heat index near 105 degrees, but some relief is on the way.
The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Wake, Franklin, Harnett and Johnston counties and points east, beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m.
Tuesday should be the hottest day of the week, said ABC11 meteorologist Chris Hohmann. The rest of the week will be “tolerable” due to a cold front that’s expected to settle throughout the region Tuesday night, Hohmann said.
That cold front will bring thunderstorms and cooling showers.
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“It will be more pleasant and tolerable by the middle of the week,” Hohmann said.
Wednesday will be “more seasonable,” with temperatures in the 80s and low 90s. Thursday’s forecast calls for showers and thunderstorms that give way to a dry, warm Friday.
National Weather Service officials in Raleigh said Tuesday’s furnace blast of hot temperatures and high humidity would bring an increased likelihood of heat-related illnesses, particularly among the very young, the elderly and those who are outside for an extended period of time.
They advise those who must be outside to drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks and to avoid direct exposure to sunlight.
Moreover, elderly residents, children and pets should not be left unattended in motor vehicles under any circumstances because the interior can reach lethal levels in a matter of minutes.