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Hottest day of the year so far! What to expect this week

Today’s high in Charlotte is 89° and 90° for the South Carolina piedmont.
First Alert Weather: Heat cranks up today through Saturday
First Alert Weather: Heat cranks up today through Saturday(WBTV)
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 12:42 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - It’s the hottest day of the year so far today with a high of 89° for Charlotte and 90° for the South Carolina piedmont.

  • Heat cranks up today through Saturday
  • Few showers Thursday mainly for the mountains and foothills
  • Approaching a record high temperature on Friday
  • First Alert Sunday for scattered thunderstorms

From Meteorologist Bekah Birdsall: A warm front will move in later today driving in hot air from the south. High temperatures for the daytime will be very close to 90°.

Tonight, an isolated shower is possible from the mountains to the piedmont. The low temperature will be milder near 63°.

First Alert Weather: Heat cranks up today through Saturday
First Alert Weather: Heat cranks up today through Saturday(WBTV)

The mountains and foothills will have the best chance to see showers and t-storms Thursday morning into the afternoon. There is a chance to have isolated t-storms for the piedmont in the afternoon and evening. A marginal risk is in place for one of these storms in the mountains and the foothills to be on the stronger side. If a strong storm does develop, it could contain strong wind gusts and/or hail.

Partly cloudy skies for Thursday with hotter high temperatures near 93°. The record is 95° from 1962. Overnight lows will drop to 65°.

Friday could tie a record high temperature of 95° back in 1964! Right now, the forecast high is 94° with mainly sunny skies. The 90° heat continues into Saturday.

A First Alert is in place for Sunday as widespread rain and t-storms are looking more likely.
A First Alert is in place for Sunday as widespread rain and t-storms are looking more likely.(WBTV)

Better rain chances will come over the weekend alongside a frontal system. A First Alert is in place for Sunday as widespread rain and t-storms are looking more likely.

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