ALERT DAY: Dangerous heat forecast this weekend in central NC


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The CBS 17 Storm Team is forecasting dangerous and excessive heat across central North Carolina on Sunday.

After hitting 95 on Saturday, temperatures in the Triangle and Sandhills were forecast to reach around 100 degrees on Sunday.

Forecast heat index temperatures on Saturday

Just after 5 p.m. Sunday, the official high for the day was 99 degrees — the hottest day so far this year.

The heat index could reach as high as 109 degrees in Raleigh and 111 degrees in Fayetteville.

Rocky Mount and Roanoke Rapids could also feel temperatures of 110 degrees.

These forecast temperatures are near-record highs.

That’s high enough to trigger an Excessive Heat Warning for central North Carolina from 10 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.

The chance for rain remains low – around 20 percent – each day.

Heat is the deadliest kind of weather, according to the National Weather Service.

Heat kills more each year than tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes or wintry weather.

In 2018, there were 108 heat-related deaths in the U.S. The next highest number of weather-related deaths was 80 due to flooding.

Stay cool to avoid illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition where your body temperature is more than 103 degrees.

Other symptoms of heat stroke include red, hot skin, no sweating, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion and even unconsciousness.

Heat stroke can lead to multiple organ system failure and death.

Heat exhaustion can lead to muscle cramping, fatigue, headache, nausea or vomiting and dizziness or fainting.

Someone suffering from heat exhaustion may have cool, wet skin as the body is still able to cool itself.

Air-conditioning is the No. 1 way to avoid a heat-related illness, the CDC reports.

If your home is without AC – find a public building that does. Several facilities in Orange County will stay open until 8 p.m. Saturday to help residents cope with the heat. They are:

  • Passmore Center in Hillsborough (open at 9 a.m.)
  • Seymour Center in Chapel Hill (open at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Main Library in Hillsborough (open at 9 a.m.)
  • Rogers Road Community Center (open at 10 a.m.)
  • Cedar Grove Community Center (open at 10 a.m.)
  • Efland-Cheeks Community Center (open at 10 a.m.)

In Chapel Hill, the town will have some buildings open as cooling centers over the weekend:

  • Chapel Hill Public Library – 100 Library Drive
    • 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday
  • Hargraves Community Center – 216 N Roberson St.
    • 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday
    • 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday
  • Chapel Hill Community Center – 120 S Estes Drive
    • 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday
    • 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday
  • Orange County Facilities within Chapel Hill
    • RENA Community Center – 101 Edgar St.
      • 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday
    • Seymour Center – 2551 Homestead Road
      • 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday

Stay cool!

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