Charlotte reached its highest temperature of the year when the mercury hit 94 degrees at 4:23 p.m. at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Thursday.
The temperature surpassed the previous high of 93 reached on June 15.
And the hot weather is expected to linger in the region over the next few days. Although Charlotte is expected to fare better than other parts of the state, it’ll still be sweltering in the Queen City.
A heat advisory was issued by the National Weather Service on Thursday for counties east of Charlotte starting in Anson County and going through much of central North Carolina.
Charlotte wasn’t under a heat advisory, which occurs when the heat index is 105 degrees or greater for multiple hours. Thursday’s heat index in Charlotte topped out at 100 degrees, National Weather Service meteorologist Joshua Palmer said. The heat index is the mix of heat and humidity.
Earlier Thursday, NWS meteorologist Jeffrey Taylor warned residents, especially seniors, to take the heat seriously.
“Obviously you can still get heat exhaustion or have issues with the heat even though it’s not advisory level,” Taylor said. “It is close to being advisory, it’s just not quite there.”
Friday’s conditions will also be in the low to mid 90s, with the possibility that it’ll be warmer, Taylor said. He doesn’t expect a heat advisory to be issued for Mecklenburg County over the next few days, however, and said temperatures should cool down to normal July averages of 89 to 90 degrees by Sunday.
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is giving away fans to elderly residents over the age of 59 who provide proof of age and a county address.
LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS