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Southeast Sizzle to Stay Into Sunday

A stretch of summerlike warmth and dangerous RealFeel® temperatures will persist across the region into the weekend and potentially beyond.

"A stout upper-level ridge will control the weather in the Southeast, allowing for extremely warm temperatures and plentiful sunshine," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Edward Vallee.

Record highs have been broken over the last couple of days in places such as Knoxville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, Fayetteville and Raleigh, North Carolina. More record highs are possible throughout the week.

In addition to the hot conditions, humidity levels will be high, making the air outside very uncomfortable.

"Temperatures will soar into the 90s to near 100 F, with AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures as high as 110 at times," Vallee said.

This area of high pressure will act as a shield for preventing moisture from Bill to move into the region.

Normal-high temperatures across the region for the middle of June are in the middle to upper 80s.

Towards the end of the week, spotty showers and thunderstorms may sneak into portions of the Southeast to allow for a brief cooldown during the afternoon hours. Locations with the best chance for receiving a shower or thunderstorm will be across Tennessee and North Carolina.


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Even with the risk of extra clouds and afternoon thunderstorms, high temperatures should still reach the lower 90s, which is still above average for late spring.

Anyone going outdoors for an extended period of time should bring water along to keep yourself hydrated. Be sure to protect yourself by using sunscreen and wearing a hat.

In extreme heat conditions, it is best to dress in light-colored clothing to reflect the sunlight. Dark-colored clothing will absorb the heat into your body, raising your body temperature.

With RealFeel® temperatures in the triple digits, anyone remaining outside for a long period of time will run the risk for serious health defects including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Overall, the best way to beat the heat is to stay indoors in an air-conditioned building.