BLOG: The heat is ON in the Carolinas this 4th of July!

Forecast: It's going to be a hot 4th of July!

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It is hot out there! Of course, it should be - it's July in the Carolinas!

The average high is now up to 89°. It will stay there into the first week of August before it starts to back off again. (Yep! Interesting note. The average high never quite reaches 90° in Charlotte.)

Still, the upper 80s are hot and we know how often the temperature goes over 90°... and the heat index goes even higher. Tomorrow, the high temperature will be in the mid-90s. The heat index will start out in the upper 80s and be between 100° and 105° in the afternoon.

SO, plan accordingly. It's going to be hot out there and it doesn't take much to reach heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Even on days when the temperature isn't as high, if you are working or exercising outside, the heat can quickly catch up with you.

On the 4th of July, the high will be close to 90°. That doesn't seem quite as bad as Tuesday's forecast. However, most people aren't typically outside on a Tuesday. On the 4th of July, many people who don't spend much time outdoors any other day of the year are likely outside for at least a little while.

If you aren't used to the heat, it can sneak up on you quickly. Drink plenty of water and go inside from time to time to cool off!

Have a happy and safe 4th!

And remember to stay ahead of the weather and get alerted to any changes with our free WBTV Weather App, which you can download here.

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