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Gardner: Strong storms possible Monday, steamy week ahead

May 20, 2019

Another unusually hot spring week is ahead.

Last weekend saw above-normal temperatures, with a high of 91 degrees in Raleigh and a high of 95 degrees in Fayetteville on Saturday. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, the work week will just be more of the same.

Monday will be partly cloudy with a high in the upper 80s, and, according to Gardner, a chance for rain Monday afternoon appears to be the highest of the week.

Any storms that move in Monday will be in the late afternoon or evening, said Gardner, and there is a chance they could be strong. Storms will be most likely north of the Triangle during the evening, and Gardner said there is a chance that Raleigh won’t see any major activity.

After Monday, sunshine sticks around, making for a hot, dry week in the Triangle.

Tuesday and Wednesday could be the mildest days of the week, and with highs in the mid 80s, Gardner called temperatures “tolerable.”

By Thursday, temperatures will be steamy again, with a high in the mid 90s possible.

Friday and the weekend are forecast to be even hotter than last weekend was, with highs in the low to mid 90s possible each day.

Experts advise easing into the heat. Exercise early – before the heat of the day – and avoid over-exertion. Make sure outdoor animals have plenty of shade and cool water. People should prepare with sunscreen, a hat or sunglasses to protect the eyes, and should carry water for outdoor activities.

WRAL meteorologist Peta Sheerwood reminded pet owners to keep pets out of hot cars. When it is 90 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can get up to 109 degrees in 10 minutes and 124 degrees in 30 minutes.

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