The heat today peaks at nearly 100°

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GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – A heat advisory and excessive heat warning in effect for all of Eastern Carolina. Today will probably be our hottest day of the year as the heat index exceeds the 105° mark for the second day in a row. The date record in Greenville is 99° set in 1920. This will likely be tied or broken.

A steady west to southwest wind flow will push our air temperatures into the upper 90s this afternoon, even higher than where we were yesterday. Dew points in the mid upper 70s will send heat indices in the 105-110° range. A better chance of thunderstorms will be present due to the arrival of a weak front from the north. A few of the thunderstorms will reach severe strength. The main threat we will face is straight-line wind gusts above 50 mph.

The heat won’t subside completely until we get into the weekend, holding in the low to mid-90s Wednesday through Friday. A more organized frontal system will arrive on Friday afternoon bringing more rain to the east before the weekend begins. Rain will help cool temperatures down to the upper 80s on Saturday and Sunday. Dew points between the low and mid 60s will also help restore that “comfortable” feel to the ENC air for at least a few days.

Tuesday

First day of weather alert for heat! Very warm with partly sunny skies. Heavy afternoon/evening thunderstorms. High of 98. Heat index over 105. Wind: W 10. Chance of rain: 60%

Wednesday

Generally sunny with highs close to 92. Wind: NE 5-10.

Thursday

Mostly sunny with a maximum close to 90. Wind E 5-10

Friday

Partly sunny then probable thunderstorms at the end of the day or in the evening. Wind SW 10-20. High 93. Chance of rain 50%

Saturday

Sunny and windy with a high of 87. Wind: NW 10 G 15.

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