This week's hot and humid weather will not get any worse, but it will not get better either, forecasters said Tuesday.
The good news in the forecast is that afternoon or evening thunderstorms may have a chance to form Wednesday and a better chance on Thursday, but the National Weather Service said high temperatures in the upper 90s and heat indexes of 100 to 107 degrees will be the norm at least through then.
Once again, the weather service posted a heat advisory from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday for everywhere in the state south and east of Orange and Chatham counties.
People in most of eastern Virginia and northeastern South Carolina are in the same boat, and much of the East is hot and humid.
This kind of ongoing heat brings health risks for both healthy people working or exercising outdoors and for more vulnerable groups such as the elderly and sick.
It is a bad time for people who do not have air conditioning.
Heat is hardly a stranger in central North Carolina summers. Monday’s record high temperature is 102 degrees in 2010, and Tuesday’s is 101 degrees in 2005. However, the high for Wednesday’s and Thursday’s dates – 104 degrees – date to 1940 and 1952, respectively.
A map from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows how often areas of the nation see heat advisories.
The weather service attributes the lack of rain to cool us, even temporarily, to a system that is sitting over the central part of the state and is keeping storm development off to the west. That should drift east slowly, however, forecasters said. That will push the chance for thunderstorms up to 30 percent Wednesday and Thursday, they said.