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Charlotte’s hottest day of the year expected Thursday

Families whose children are classmates at Trinity Episcopal School in uptown Charlotte enjoyed a night out at Romare Bearden Park on Tuesday night. Here 8-year-old Londyn James finishes a run through the waterfall at the park.
Families whose children are classmates at Trinity Episcopal School in uptown Charlotte enjoyed a night out at Romare Bearden Park on Tuesday night. Here 8-year-old Londyn James finishes a run through the waterfall at the park. mhames@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte could see its hottest day of the year Thursday, with a forecast high of 97 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The highest the mercury has gotten is 95, on a couple of other days this month, said Patrick Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C.

Thursday will feel as high as 100 degrees when humidity is factored in, according to the weather service. That’s known as the heat index value.

“The combination of the temperature and the humidity makes the air feel like it’s warmer than it really is,” Moore said.

Friday’s high is expected to “drop” to 94, according to the latest NWS forecast.

Highs are expected to reach the high 80s this weekend, with little chance of rain.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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