Record heat settled into the Upstate and mountains of western North Carolina Friday, as highs climbed into the triple digits in many locations.
Humidity stayed moderate, meaning it didn't feel much hotter than the air temperature. However, going into the weekend, the triple digit temperatures are expected to continue.
About 2 p.m., Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport reported that the daily record was broken with a reported temperature of 102 degrees. The previous record was set in 1931 at 101 degrees.
Later Friday, GSP reported a temperature of 105 degrees tying the all-time record high for June, which was set in 1887.
FOX Carolina Meteorologist Andy Wood said the temperatures will continue to rise, reaching an expected 104 to 105 degrees about 5 p.m. It will be very close to the all-time record high at GSP, which is 106 degrees and was set in the late 1800s.
Friday's record in Asheville is 98 degrees, which is exactly what FOX Carolina meteorologists are forecasting. The all-time record at the Asheville airport is 100 degrees, so it will be close to that temperature as well.
In addition to dangerous heat, air quality will be an issue for much of the region. An air quality alert has been posted for all Upstate counties and much of western North Carolina due to high levels of ground level ozone. This is in effect until 9 p.m.
The high heat will linger through the weekend, and it will be muggier on Saturday and Sunday as well. Temperatures will stay in record territory through the end of the weekend and Monday.
Upstate locations should dip out of the triple digits by Tuesday, but our entire area will stay hot through the Fourth of July holiday.
Emergency response management, city governments and the Red Cross have teamed up to provide cooling centers across Anderson County, and other Upstate counties could follow. Read more on the cooling stations here.
The centers will have water and a place to beat the heat for those who don't have access to air conditioning.
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Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:19:38 GMT
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