Charlotte’s record-setting heat wave could add another chapter to the history book today, with forecasters expecting temperatures to vault over the 100-degree mark yet again.

And the previously forecast “relief” this weekend might not be such a break, after all.

High temperature records have been set four days this month already, and a fifth mark is possible this afternoon. Yet another record will be threatened Friday.

Forecasters are predicting a high of 101 degrees today in Charlotte, which is near the Aug. 16 record of 102 degrees, set in 1954. Friday’s forecast high is 97, which would equal the record of the day, set in 1911.

A daily record was set Wednesday, with Charlotte’s 99-degree high. That broke the mark of 97, set in 1923.

It’s the same old story for our region.

High pressure is dominating much of the South, pushing temperatures at or above the 100-degree mark. A cold front is forecast to push into the region Friday, and that could set off thunderstorms in the drought-stricken region.

But the cold front won’t do much to cool temperatures.

Forecasters originally thought high temperatures would be pushed back into the upper 80s from Saturday into next week, but they now say the 90s will continue to dominate. Highs could reach the middle 90s Saturday and will be in the lower 90s Sunday.

The only change in the forecast will be welcome — a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms Saturday, Sunday, Monday and next Wednesday.


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