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Friday afternoon temperatures will start to warm up, giving us a preview of the major heat headed toward central and eastern North Carolina for the weekend.  WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said “The good thing about today is that we won’t see unbearable humidity in the afternoon, but it’s coming. That said, enjoy today’s highs in the upper 80s and sunshine. It will be quite beautiful.”

Overnight a warm front will push through the Triangle, essentially opening the door for much warmer air to move from the Mississippi Valley into the Carolina’s.

Overnight lows will stay in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees, and thanks to bright sunshine, Saturday morning temperatures will climb quickly.  Gardner recommended “If you’re headed to the Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure, be sure to drink plenty of water and grab the sunscreen. Temperatures will be in the low 70s for the first race start time at 7:30 a.m., and they will climb quickly.”

By lunchtime temperatures will be near 90 degrees and top out Saturday afternoon in the mid-90s.  On Sunday, it will be even warmer, with highs in the upper 90s.

The record high at Raleigh-Durham International Airport for June 12th is 98 degrees.  According to Gardner “We’ll definitely be a good 10 degrees above normal, so be prepared for pretty big changes from what we’ve seen this week.”

Both Saturday and Sunday afternoon scattered showers and storms are possible, but the chances are low and stay at about 20 to 30 percent both days.


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