RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A special weather statement concerning heat has been issued for the Sandhills and Coastal Plain on Sunday afternoon.
Late Sunday afternoon, heat indices will rise up to 103 degrees across the Coastal Plain and the Sandhills, the National Weather Service said.
The special weather statement is for Cumberland, Wilson, Edgecombe, Harnett, Halifax, Sampson, Hoke, Wayne and Nash counties.
“People across the coastal plain and sandhills should limit outdoor exposure through 6 p.m. to prevent the onset of heat illness or heat stroke,” forecasters said.
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Heat and humidity will continue through most of the week ahead, including the 4th of July on Tuesday. High temperatures will be near 90 with overnight lows in the 70s and several chances for afternoon showers and storms.
An area of low pressure will drift to the southeastern part of the state on Sunday and will help trigger an isolated afternoon or early evening storm on Sunday, mainly south of the Triangle. Any storm that pops up is not expected to become severe. Sunday will be a few degrees warmer than Saturday pushing all of central North Carolina into the 90s.
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That trough will hang around on Monday and Tuesday, so each day there could be an afternoon or evening shower or storm. On Tuesday, any storm that does pop up should die out by sunset, so fireworks shows should hopefully go off without a hitch.
Some more widely scattered afternoon and evening storms will be possible on Wednesday and Thursday as temperatures stay close to 90 degrees.
Next Friday a front will try to approach central North Carolina, and with it there could be a shower or storm with highs still near 90.
Sunday will be partly sunny, hot and humid with a very small chance of a PM shower or storm. The high will be 92. Winds will be west around 5 mph. The rain risk will be 20 percent.
Sunday Night will be partly to mostly cloudy. The overnight low will be 72. Winds will be light out of the west-southwest.
Monday will be cloudy to partly sunny and hot with a PM shower or storm possible. The high will be 91. Winds will become south around 5 mph. The rain risk will be 30 percent.
Tuesday, the 4th of July will be partly sunny, hot and humid, with a PM shower or storm possible. The high will be around 90, after a morning low of 71. The rain risk will be 30 percent.
Wednesday will have clouds and sun with scattered PM showers and storms possible. The high will be 89, after a morning low of 73. The rain risk will be 40 percent.
Thursday will be cloudy to partly sunny, with a risk of a PM shower or storm. The high will be 90, after a morning low of 72. The rain risk will be 30 percent.
Friday will be mostly sunny with a small chance of a shower or storm. The high will be 90, after a morning low of 72. The rain risk will be 20 percent.
Next Saturday will be partly sunny with a PM shower or storm possible. The high will be 89 after a morning low of 70. The rain risk will be 20 percent.
This forecast was prepared by the WNCN weather team and is based on the latest information available and years of weather forecasting in North Carolina. It was not produced by a computer like many forecasts you find on the web, social media and smarts phone apps.