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Weathering record high heat

Jimmy Hinton, 53, wipes the sweat off his forehead while stopping traffic on Armstrong Road in Belmont.
Jimmy Hinton, 53, wipes the sweat off his forehead while stopping traffic on Armstrong Road in Belmont. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Jimmy Hinton 53, wipes the sweat off his forehead while stopping traffic on Armstrong Road in Belmont. Workers were installing a new sewer line Monday as temperatures reached 99 degrees – a record high for Charlotte on this date.

“I’m used to the heat from playing football and running track in high school,” said Hinton, who works for North America Traffic.

According to the National Weather Service, the previous record high for June 15 was 98 degrees in 1890.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Mecklenburg and some surrounding counties as well as the greater Greenville-Spartanburg area through Wednesday, with excessive heat possible. Heat index values are expected to reach the low 100s.

Thunderstorms and a chance of showers are predicted for later in the week, with temperatures still in the 90s. Hayley Fowler

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