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Temperatures in Charlotte are going to be HOT over Memorial Day weekend

Hot enough for you? Locals react to the heat and give advice on how to survive it

With a heat index approaching 106 degrees, Wednesday was a hot one. We asked several area residents in Bluffton for their reaction to the weather and asked they what they do to to survive the heatwave.
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With a heat index approaching 106 degrees, Wednesday was a hot one. We asked several area residents in Bluffton for their reaction to the weather and asked they what they do to to survive the heatwave.

Forecasters say temperatures could soar into at least the mid-90s this week as tourists fill uptown Charlotte for the annual Speed Street festival. And even hotter weather is expected over Memorial Day weekend, approaching record highs.

Temperatures could reach 88 degrees Thursday, 94 Friday and Saturday and 95 Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, according to an updated forecast Tuesday afternoon by the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C.

The forecast highs Friday through Monday would fall just a degree shy of the records for those days, according to NWS records.

Wednesday is the only day where temperatures are expected to drop temporarily, as some clouds move into the Charlotte region. A high of 82 is expected, with only a slim 20 percent chance of rain.

Except for Wednesday, the expected highs through Memorial Day are way above the average historical highs for those days, according to the National Weather Service.

The average high for May 21, 22 and 23 in Charlotte is 80 degrees, according to NWS records. The average high for May 24, 25 and 26 is 81 degrees, and the average high for May 27 is 82 degrees.

The same slight chance of showers remains Thursday, but the week should be mostly sunny to all sunshine, NWS forecasters said.

AccuWeather predicts highs in Charlotte of 89 on Tuesday, 81 on Wednesday, 95 Friday, 94 Saturday, 96 on Sunday and Monday, and 97 on Tuesday.

Temperatures surpassed 90 degrees for the first time this year in the Charlotte metro area on Saturday afternoon.

The high twice reached 91 degrees at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, just before 4 p.m. and again at about 4:45 p.m., NWS meteorologist Doug Outlaw told The Charlotte Observer.

The high fell three degrees short of the record for May 18, set in 1960 and 1896, according to Outlaw.



Check out the ABC11 weather forecast as the heat wave continues with heat and humidity.

Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola is scheduled for noon-8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday on Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte.

Headline performers take to the stage nightly in Romare Bearden Park are: Corey Smith on Thursday, Brothers Osborne on Friday and Styx on Saturday. Gates open at 6 p.m. for each performance. Details: www.600festival.com.

Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.
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