Charlotte can expect its hottest temperatures of the summer this weekend, with the mercury forecast to hit 98 degrees on Sunday.
The previous high of 97 was reached on July 14 and 15, National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Krentz said Thursday.
Highs are forecast to climb from 91 Thursday to 93 Friday and 96 Saturday, according to the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C.
The Bermuda high pressure system that’s already over the region will strengthen this weekend, bringing the hotter temperatures, Krentz said. The Bermuda high brought typical midsummer conditions this week.
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A weak “cold front” is expected to approach from the northwest early next week, dropping temperatures by a few degrees, according to the weather service. After an expected high of 97 Monday, highs should fall to 94 Tuesday and 93 Wednesday.
No real chance of rain is forecast until Tuesday and Wednesday, when only a still-slim 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is predicted.
Cherokee and six other mountain counties in the extreme western end of the state are experiencing “extreme drought,” while six other mountain counties are in a “moderate drought,” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Eight other N.C. counties are classified as “abnormally dry,” including Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland. Northern Mecklenburg County also is abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, but not Charlotte. “Abnormally dry” is the lowest of five drought stages.