Dangerously hot weather likely by the end of the week

Clouds and morning rain in eastern North Carolina are keeping afternoon temperatures below average for one more day. Normal highs are around 90 this time of year. Tuesday's highs should top out just in the mid 80s.

Scattered storms are possible into Tuesday afternoon producing downpours in some locations. Localized flooding is possible in southeastern parts of the state where the heaviest rain has fallen over the last couple of days. Some locations near Wilmington, such as Castle Hayne, recorded over 3.5" of rain in just a few hours early Tuesday.

Rain chances will drop over the next few days and more sunshine will allow temperatures to soar. The mid and upper 90s will make a comeback during the second half of the week. The humidity will make it feel even hotter. The heat index, or feels-like temperature, could reach as high as 110 by Friday in central and eastern North Carolina.

The very hot weather will then continue through the weekend and into at least part of next week.

The danger for heat-related illnesses increases dramatically anytime the heat index reaches 105 or higher. Anyone that must work outside later this week or this coming weekend is advised to take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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