Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
The last week of August is going to be a scorcher.
A high pressure system over the central part of the U.S. is trapping warm, dry air in our region for at least the next week, keeping temperatures warmer than normal and heat indexes near or at 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
There will be little to no rain, said meteorologist John Franks.
“We will be stuck under basically a dome of warm air,” he said. “As the sun warms up each day, we are going to get just a little bit hotter.”
This could be the warmest day so far this month with a high temperature of 89 degrees under mostly sunny skies. With the heat index factored in, it will feel like the mid-90s.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of 69. Normally this time of year, the mercury only makes it to around 84 degrees with overnight lows about 20 degrees cooler.
We’ll hit the 90-degrees mark by Tuesday and stay there for the next few days. Wednesday looks to be the warmest this week with the high reaching 93 degrees, and a heat index cooking up to 101, Franks said.
Wednesday also will be our best day for rain.
There’s a 40 percent chance most of the day, with thunderstorms possible. By Wednesday night, that chance will fall to 20 percent.
The temperature will briefly slip to 89 degrees on Thursday before pushing back into the low 90s on Friday and staying there through Sunday.
Labor Day weekend will be hot and dry with continued humid conditions. Highs will remain in the 90s with overnight lows in the 70s.