Heat sets temperature record at RDU

Summer heat arrived early in the Triangle, with sticky air and record-setting heat.

Temperatures topped out at 99 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Monday afternoon, breaking the old record of 97 set in 1981, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters expect temperatures to top 100 on Tuesday.

The weather service issued another heat advisory for central and eastern North Carolina for Tuesday, from noon to 7 p.m. The advisory means the combination of heat and humidity can cause heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke.

The heat index, calculated using temperature and relative humidity, was expected to be from 104 to 108 on Tuesday.

There’s no rain in the forecast until Wednesday, when afternoon thunderstorms are possible. Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid-90s through the weekend.