Sunday not as hot; potential for heavy downpours in some areas

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Sunday, July 7, 2024
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- North Carolina is finally getting some relief after two days of dangerous heat.

Temperature highs will be in the high 80s to low 90s on Sunday. For some areas, there is potential for heavy downpours and lightning, along with gusty winds.

This comes after an excessive heat warning across multiple counties, including Wake and Cumberland counties, for most of Saturday. Some areas saw rain.

Friday, Raleigh experienced the hottest day ever recorded.

According to the National Weather Service, the high at Raleigh-Durham International Airport reached 106 degrees. The previous highest temperature recorded in Raleigh was 105 degrees. That happened in 1952, 1988, 2007 and 2012.

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Many people spent Saturday at Durham's Festival for the Eno in shaded areas while listening to live music.

When you include humidity, Friday's feels like temperatures were even higher. ABC11 Chief Meteorologist Don "Big Weather" Schwenneker said the heat index also set a record.

It rose to 117.8 degrees, blasting past the previous record of 115.5 degrees set in 2010 and 2023.

Looking Ahead

There is a possibility of some pop-up storms Monday through Wednesday.

ABC11 meteorologist Steve Stewart said late this week, we could see some remnant moisture from Hurricane Beryl, increasing the potential of rain.