The phenomena is being caused by vertically stacked ridges of hot air which sink, compress, and heat up under pressure.
Yesterday, the National Weather Service sent out a hazardous temperature alert for the Southeast, warning our region of possible record-breaking high temperatures over the next 3-7 days.
“Upper-level ridging over the Southern Plains eastward to parts of the Southern Mid-Atlantic/Southeast and with maximum temperature anomalies in a range from +10 to +15 degree range will aid in producing an area of excessive heat over parts of the Southern Mid-Atlantic/Southeast into the Eastern Gulf Coast/Tennessee Valley Saturday into Wednesday.”
According to Weather Nation, weekend temperatures in Charlotte will be higher than Houston and Miami;
The upcoming heat wave could even break some records for our region. The hottest May temperatures that Charlotte has ever seen was in 1941 when we saw 3 days where the temperature reached 98 degrees.
According to Weather Underground, next Tuesday’s high is predicted to be 96 degrees (the hottest May temperature we’ve experienced since 1953) – if actual temperatures climb just a couple of degrees higher, we’ll break the ’41 record;
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