The hottest weather of the year is on the way for the end of the week. So far this year, the warmest temperature we've recorded at the Raleigh-Durham Airport was 92 on May 1 and May 29. We should beat that both Thursday and Friday when afternoon temperatures are forecast to top out in the mid 90s. The upper 90s are possible Friday. It may even feel more like 100 or 105 when you factor in the humidity.
It is a little early to be talking about temperatures this warm. The average highs this time of year are in the mid 80s. We may come close to a record high Thursday, but should fall just short. Thursday's record is 96, and Friday's record of 100 should be safe.
Thankfully, slightly cooler temperatures will be on the way by the second half of the weekend. Highs in the 80s are expected for Sunday and the first of next week.