This week’s crazy high temperatures got even crazier yesterday when the high reached an astounding 99 degrees.
According to the National Weather Service, yesterday’s high temperature broke a 65-year-old record from way back in 1954.
They released the following record event report yesterday afternoon at 4:42pm;
A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 99 DEGREES WAS SET AT CHARLOTTE- DOUGLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TODAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 92 SET IN 1986. IT ALSO BREAKS THE OCTOBER MONTHLY RECORD OF 98 SET BACK IN 1954.
Yesterday also marked this 2019’s 78th day with a high of at least 90 degrees, giving this year the 5th most 90+ days in the history of Charlotte. The record was set in 1954, a year which saw a total of 88 days with 90+ degrees.
We’ll see another blisteringly hot day today and temperatures still in the 90s tomorrow, with a cool-down coming this weekend (if it hits 90 today and tomorrow, we will have 80 total days in 2019 with 90+ temperatures, putting 2019 in 4th place for the most 90+ days);
A Code Orange Air Alert has also been issued for our region today due to the high ozone, humidity, and temperature.
The alert notes that “Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.”
Today’s high temperatures, along with the low air quality increases everyone’s chance of heat exhaustion and heat stroke – make sure to stay hydrated at all times.
If you’re planning on spending an extended amount of time outside today, make sure you wear breathable clothes and consider getting a small fan, personal air conditioner, or evaporative cooling towel.
Stay safe out there!