Summer-like heat could carry us into next weekend

May 19, 2019

Hot, summer-like weather continues Sunday as temperatures stay in the upper 80s and low 90s.

Saturday was the hottest day of 2019 in North Carolina so far, with the high temperature at 91 degrees in the Triangle and 95 degrees in Fayetteville.

Sunday was almost as hot, with a high around 90 degrees expected late afternoon. At 11 a.m., it was already above 80 degrees in Raleigh, and temperatures had climbed to 89 degrees by 2 p.m.

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 like the Got to Be NC festival at the State Fairgrounds or Artsplosure in downtown Raleigh.

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.

With Memorial Day weekend just a week away, many public and private pools will open for the summer to help cool down.

Temperatures won’t fall much for next week, with highs in the upper 80s expected Monday and 90s expected for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Some thunderstorms are likely but not certain Monday afternoon, which is the most likely of the next seven days to see rain.

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