Strengthening high pressure across the Southeast will push Charlotte’s temperatures near or above 100 degrees later this week, and one major private meteorological company predicts more of the same next weekend.
Today’s high temperatures, expected to reach the mid 90s in Charlotte, are tempered by lower humidity levels. Dew point temperatures at midday were in the mid and upper 60s across the region, keeping heat index readings below 100 degrees.
That is expected to change Thursday through Saturday, when dew point readings are predicted to climb to 70 degrees or above. And with high temperatures forecast to approach 100 degrees, heat indices could climb to between 105 and 110 degrees — the same as late last week.
Heat advisories are possible Friday and Saturday.
Forecasters say a weak cold front will cross the region Sunday, probably bringing a round of showers and thunderstorms, as was the case Monday in the area. But no significant cooling is expected for early next week.
In fact, forecasters at Pennsylvania-based Accu-Weather are predicting high temperatures above 100 degrees Friday and Saturday. The record high for Saturday is 99 degrees, set in 2002.
Accu-Weather says that after slight cooling early next week, another blast of 100-degree temperatures will cover the Charlotte region a week from Friday and Saturday.