Dangerous heat is expected again today with heat index values peaking at 105-110 degrees on Tuesday afternoon, and a moderate risk of rip currents is also forecast for southern Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island, per a Tuesday morning update from the U.S. National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.
Hot and humid weather will continue on Tuesday, and record-breaking temperatures are possible. On Monday, the high temperature was reportedly 92 at Cape Hatteras, breaking the old record for July 27 of 91, which was set in 1999.
In addition, rip currents are possible for the southern beaches, and only experienced swimmers who know how to escape a rip current should enter the surf.
Lifeguards are on duty at four popular Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, which includes the Coquina Beach Access (Bodie Island), Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach Access (Hatteras Island), Frisco Beach Access (Hatteras Island), and Ocracoke Beach Access (Ocracoke Island).
Beachgoers can also follow the tips below to stay safe during the extreme temperatures. For more information on the local forecast, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.