Revised on: 07.17.2018 at 10:47 a.m.
Posted on: 06.20.2018 at 04:51 p.m.
The first triple-digit temperature documented here since 2015 was recorded Wednesday afternoon (today).
Meteorologist Chris Cawley’s weather station in Whiteville hit the misery mark at 3:11 p.m. Wednesday.
“Our last 100-degree day that I measured in the Whiteville area was when I was living seven miles northwest of town in 2015,” he said. “It was 102.2°F on June 16, 2015, and 102.0°F on June 17, 2015. There were 7 days between 99.0°F and 99.9°F in July 2016, but none over the 100-mark.”
Last year, after moving into the city, Cawley’s highest recorded temperature didn’t quite make the 100-mark.
“My highest measurement in 2017, living in the city, was 99.7°F on July 15,” he said.
With the official start to summer occurring tomorrow, June 21, Cawley pointed out that it could still get worse. Triple-digit temperatures in the area are not unusual in mid-June, but the hottest days could be yet to come.
“The highest temp I have ever recorded was when I lived out on Peacock Road,” he said. “That was 106.5°F on June 30, 2012.”