Charlotte tied a hot weather mark Tuesday and is expected to pass another one this weekend, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.
The Queen City tied for No. 5 Tuesday on its all-time list of most consecutive days with a high temperature of 90 degrees or above, according to Harry Gerapetritis, a meteorologist in the NWS office in Greer, S.C.
And Charlotte could reach No. 4 on the list this weekend, Gerapetritis told The Charlotte Observer. Weather records in Charlotte date to 1878, he said.
Tuesday saw the 19th straight day of high temperatures at 90 degrees or above at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, tying similar streaks in 1977 and 1955, Gerapetritis said.
Tuesday reached 92 degrees, and the heat index hit 96, he said.
Afternoon and evening thunderstorms have helped reduce the heat index this month, he said, but “it’s been warm, no doubt.”
The heat index is what the temperature feels like “when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature,” according to Weather.Gov.
Charlotte should tie for No. 4 on Saturday, when it is expected to reach 23 straight days of 90 and above, Gerapetritis said. That mark was last reached in 1925, from Aug. 31 through Sept. 21, he said.
And Charlotte is likely to pass No. 4, since the high is forecast to remain at 90 or above through Monday, he said.
The high on Tuesday, Aug. 4, could finally dip into the high 80s, according to the latest NWS forecast Tuesday afternoon.
Charlotte’s all-time streak is 33 days, set June 28 through July 30, 1993, according to NWS records.