After a hot Memorial Day weekend, it will get even hotter in the Triangle, forecasters say

It’s been a hot Memorial Day weekend, but forecasters say it will get even hotter in the Triangle this week.

The high temperature Sunday reached 94 degrees, which tied a record set in 1953, according to the National Weather Service. It now appears Monday will be a touch cooler, with the high perhaps reaching the low 90s.

But that’s still unusually hot for late May. The normal high temperature this time of year is about 82 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters say temperatures will likely reach the upper 90s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If the forecast holds, the high Thursday could beat the record of 95 in Raleigh set in 1890.

People should be sure to stay hydrated and limit their time outside in the sun this Memorial Day weekend, said ABC11 meteorologist Steve Stewart. And that goes for most of coming week, too, when slightly cooler weather isn’t expected until Friday and Saturday.

Stewart said there’s not going to be an official heat advisory, however, since the “feels-like” temperature won’t get up into the 100s like it could later this summer. So that’s a silver lining for people who have outdoor activities planned for Memorial Day.

“It’s not life-threatening,” he said of the heat wave. “It’s just gross.”

When the high temperature drops into the lower 90s or upper 80s on Friday and Saturday, he said, that will bring an increased chance of rain. But rain is unlikely to spoil any Memorial Day barbeques or trips to the pool.

It will be mostly sunny for the next few days, but with some cloud cover. Stewart said there definitely won’t be any major, widespread storms in the region this weekend, but he couldn’t rule out a few isolated storms.

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Will Doran reports on North Carolina politics, with a focus on state employees and agencies. In 2016 he started The News & Observer’s fact-checking partnership, PolitiFact NC, and before that he reported on local governments around the Triangle. Contact him at wdoran@newsobserver.com or (919) 836-2858.