Record Heat Now, Cooler Weekend Later
A forecast high of 96° would break a 94-year-old record today.
As the heat continues to rise, the only thing that’s falling could be a 94-year-old record this afternoon. Highs have a good shot at eclipsing 95° today, which would break a record that has stood since 1925. For reference, the population of the entire state of North Carolina in 1925 was roughly 2.75 million, which would be smaller than that of the current Charlotte metro area. Downright tropical dew points will only make matters worse this afternoon, as heat index values could rise as high as 105°. Rain chances will remain isolated at-best this afternoon; those chances increase the farther north one goes in the WCCB viewing area. More widespread storm chances come into play on Friday ahead of a rainmaking system that sweeps into the Carolinas from the west. Fortunately, cooler weather looks to arrive just in time for the weekend.
Today: Mostly sunny. Record highs possible. High 96°. Wind: Light.
Tonight: Mild and muggy. Low: 73°. Wind: Light.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with afternoon storms. Cooler. High: 87°. Wind: E 5-10.
Friday Night: Scattered thunderstorms. Low: 70°. Wind: Light.
Saturday: Rain early, then mostly sunny. High: 85°. Wind: Light.