Temperatures expected to climb in Triangle

Get ready to sweat, Triangle Nation, because it's going to be hot, hot, hot these next few days. And it will feel even hotter.

Temperatures will climb to about 97 degrees today, but the humidity will make it feel like the triple-digits, with a heat index of about 105 degrees.

With a few more clouds, the same sweltering scenario is expected Tuesday, when temperatures will hit 95 degrees but feel 10 degrees hotter.

You can blame a ridge of high pressure heading east from San Antonio, where triple-digit temperatures have been the norm for more than 40 days.

Relief won't come until Wednesday, when temperatures are expected to drop into the high 80s, said Phil Badgett, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Raleigh. "We've been cooler and stormier than normal these last few weeks, and after these two or three days, we should be going back to that," he said. Thunderstorms are possible heading into the weekend, Badgett said.

Badgett advised people to limit time spent outside -- especially between noon and 5 p.m., when the air will feel hottest.

Football practices should be broken up with plenty of water breaks in the shade, he added.

For those without air-conditioning, Badgett suggested purchasing a fan.

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