Memorial Day temperatures come close to beating old heat record

May 27, 2019

Memorial Day might not break a heat record for the holiday, but it will at least come close, according to WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell.

The record high to beat would be 92 degrees, which was recorded on Memorial Day in 1982. With temperatures at RDU expected to hit 93 degrees by 4 p.m. on Monday, it’s possible that record could be tied or beat,

Sunday went down in the books for its unusually hot temperatures too. According to the National Weather Service, the mercury topped out at 94 degrees in Raleigh, tying a record that was first set back in 1933 and only reached again in the early 1950s.

New records were also set on Sunday in Fayetteville, which logged 100 degrees.

Wilmington also notched a high temperature of 100 degrees, a new benchmark for the city because it has never logged a triple digit temperature this early in the season, WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell said.

On Monday at the beach, Wilmington will be even hotter than Raleigh, with a high close to 99 degrees expected.

In the Triangle, the week ahead could be warmer than the holiday weekend, with highs in the mid 90s expected Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Sheerwood said Wednesday is slated to be the hottest day of the year so far, with a high around 97 degrees expected in Raleigh.

Even when temperatures fall into the upper 80s and low 90s next weekend, those temperatures are above average for this time of the year, said Sheerwood.

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