Records continue as heat wave moves over NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s heat wave continues to set records from the mountains to the sea.

The National Weather Service says record highs for the day were set in Asheville at 98 degrees and in Wilmington at 104 degrees.

Temperatures in the Piedmont Triad are expected to reach 100 degrees on Sunday and Monday after highs of 102 on Saturday. A heat advisory was issued for the Piedmont through Sunday.

The Raleigh-Durham airport again matched its hottest temperature ever at 105 degrees, and Charlotte also reached its highest temperature ever at 104 degrees.

Fayetteville also set a record for the day at 102 degrees.

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.

Below is FOX8 Meteorologist Charles Ewing’s weather forecast from Saturday night:

“A few scattered showers and thunderstorms could flare up this evening, but otherwise, expect just a few clouds with temperatures going down to around the mid 70s. Tomorrow, a disturbance coupled with a cold front located to the north of the state, as well as highs hovering just under 100, will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms to the area tomorrow. The entire state is located in a slight risk for severe weather, with the main threats being hail and strong winds.

The first half of the work week will see highs staying in the upper 90s, but falling into the mid 90s by Wednesday. Monday gives us a fairly good chance of showers and storms, then we will see a slight chance of precipitation stick around for Tuesday and Wednesday. Skies will be partly cloudy for those who do not see any rain.

The rest of the 8 day forecast will not see highs leave the 90s, and lows will stay in the lower 70s. More clouds will build in going into the weekend, but a chance of precipitation does not come into the forecast until Sunday.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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