Beating the Heat in the Eno River
Triple-digit temperatures on the second day of a heat wave set records Tuesday in the Triangle.
That meant an unpleasant wait at an unsheltered bus stop in Five Points on Glenwood Avenue for Jessie Taylor, 44, who takes the bus downtown for work.
“We just sort of wander around and bake until the bus gets there,” Taylor said.
The temperature at Raleigh-Durham International Airport hit 100 degrees, topping the record for the date of 98 degrees set in 1981, according to the National Weather Service.
Some scheduled to work outside were called off by employers. The city of Raleigh suspended trash collection Tuesday afternoon to protect workers from the extreme temperatures. The city said it will finish the routes Wednesday.
Many working inside looked to minimize their time outside of air conditioning. For some, like Taylor, there was no avoiding going outside, if only long enough to wait for an air-conditioned bus.
Waiting at a sheltered stop, at the Moore Square Station downtown, Taylor said summer heat typically keeps her inside.
“I get cabin fever in the summer before I’ll ever get it in the winter,” Taylor said.
Norman Brown, 48, ventured downtown even though he had the day off work. He installs commercial air-conditioning units for Pro-Temp, and the company canceled some outdoor jobs Tuesday.
Brown came to Raleigh from Baltimore six months ago, and the record temperatures made him concerned about what the city’s weather has in store.
“I hope it’s not like this too much,” Brown said. “I don’t like it.”
Harley Williams, 62, said he expected temperatures to get much worse later in the summer.
“I’m used to it,” Williams said as he waited at Moore Square for a bus to take him grocery shopping in Garner. “July’s going to get hotter.”
Brown said he can typically look forward to air conditioning operating full blast inside the bus on hot days such as Tuesday.
Sianna Vann, 19, who takes the bus from downtown to Miller-Motte College on Capital Boulevard, said the drivers sometimes overcompensate. She said it can be “freezing” on the bus and she has to bring a sweater for the ride, even on record-hot days.
The heat made Tuesday the second consecutive record-setting day. Monday’s 1981 record at RDU – 97 – melted away, too, when the mercury showed 99 degrees, the weather service reported.
The triple-digit temperatures are over for this week, but it will still be very hot, and according to the National Weather Service, there’s a chance of thunderstorms for several days starting Thursday.
Wednesday, high 93
Thursday, high 95
Friday, high 95