Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 07/25/2011 - 11:58am.

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Head for the hills to avoid extremely high heat and humidity this week in North Carolina. Highs temperatures in the mid-90s with thunderstorms and high humidity are expected in much of the rest the state. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for 21 counties in central and southeastern North Carolina. Heat index readings of up to 109 are expected. Temperatures will remain in the lower 90s around Raleigh before edging back up toward 100 by Friday. Raleigh-Durham International Airport recorded a record five-day triple-digit streak that ended Sunday. Wilmington and other southern coastal areas are expecting a steady diet of low- to mid-90 temperatures with thunderstorms. Western North Carolina will have relatively cooler temperatures in the mid-80s and lows dipping into the 60s at night. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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