Triple digit heat grips NC

June 30, 2012 6:04:33 PM PDT
Dangerous triple digit heat is causing unhealthy air quality for parts of North Carolina.

The real heat arrived Friday and will last through the weekend. A large ridge of high pressure will send temperatures skyrocketing into the triple digits each day.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport again matched its hottest temperature ever at 105 degrees Saturday. Fayetteville also set a record for the day at 102 degrees.

The temperature reached 105 degrees Friday at RDU, breaking a record for the day and for June, and tying a reading on Aug. 21, 2007, as the highest temperature ever.

Charlotte also tied its hottest day ever at 104 degrees. Friday's highs of 106 in Fayetteville and 102 at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro broke daily records. In all, at least a dozen official recording stations made it to at least 100 degrees.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in North Carolina was 110 degrees in Fayetteville in August 1983.

All of North Carolina east of the foothills will be under an excessive heat warning again Sunday, but forecasters say highs should be a few degrees cooler, with a small chance of a thunderstorm.

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With temperatures reaching the century mark, it is important to be cautious. The heat is especially tough on the young and old who have a tougher time regulating body temperatures.

Earlier this month, a 2-year-old child in Burke County died after being left unattended in a hot vehicle. Click here to read more about that story.

Experts say to make sure you keep hydrated with plenty of water, and keep outside activities during the hottest time of day to a minimum.

Heat is a huge concern for the Durham Rescue Mission. They are warning homeless people to get in doors.

"We just want to go out and warn them and try to tell them you can come in and get out of this and protect yourselves," said Rob Tart, with the Durham Rescue Mission.

The Durham Rescue Mission said it is open to anyone who's looking for a place to cool off during the hot weather.

Meanwhile, fans for the elderly are being collected around the Triangle. Fans can be dropped off at the Helping Hands mission on Rock Quarry Road in Southeast Raleigh.

Click here for more details on a Wake County program that provides help for senior citizens dealing with heat.

Also, keep your pets in mind. They can suffer from heat-related health problems that can become life-threatening.

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