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Hot streak to continue Wednesday in Charlotte

With temperatures hovering around 75 degrees at about 7:30am roofers cleared shingles from a home in the 4500 block of Apply Mead in Charlotte on Wednesday June 17, 2015. Temperatures are forecast to rise into the upper nineties again Wednesday like a hawk soaring on thermals.
With temperatures hovering around 75 degrees at about 7:30am roofers cleared shingles from a home in the 4500 block of Apply Mead in Charlotte on Wednesday June 17, 2015. Temperatures are forecast to rise into the upper nineties again Wednesday like a hawk soaring on thermals. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Wednesday is expected to be another scorcher in the Charlotte area, with a forecast high of 97 and heat index values of 100 by afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The past two days saw record highs, but Wednesday’s temperatures should fall several degrees lower than the 100-degree mark set June 17, 1943, forecasters said.

Still, residents should be alert to possibly excessive heat, the Weather Service advised, and hot weather will persist the rest of the week.

Thursday’s high could climb to 98, followed by several days of 96.

Chances of precipitation are slim the rest of the work week.

However, an above-average chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms will finally return over the weekend as a more typical summer weather pattern develops, forecasters said.

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