Lead Forecaster Daniel Crawley
Good Thursday evening, a couple days ago we wrote a blog piece providing a first alert on a potential heatwave for the Carolinas and all of the Southeast.
Confidence is growing by the minute that we will see the highest temperatures of 2022 for most of next week. Everyone from the Foothills eastward has seen 90 degree heat but with this upcoming pattern, mid 90’s will be common for everyone and some locations especially the further south you are will flirt with the 100 degree mark on at least one occasions.
Starting on Sunday we will begin to feel the influence of ridging aloft and it will peak on Tuesday as a trough will push into the Central and Northern Plains, that pumps the ridge across the east to its apex.
Computer guidance is quite bullish on upper 90’s for the Foothills especially on Tuesday.
Same guidance shows triple digit heat for those along US 74…
Dewpoints are expected to remain in the 60’s during this heat wave, so heat index values could range from 98-103 during the hottest period.
With this kind of heat it can take a toll on those who spend extended amounts of time in the heat. That includes those who work outdoors, children doing sports and youth activities and the elderly who may not have optimal conditions to remain cool.
Posted below are some heat related guidelines used by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. With school now out for everyone, there will be lots of camps going on. Be vigilant of behavior that might suggest heat exhaustion.