Sweaters likely won’t be needed for Independence Day fireworks displays this year.
Temperatures are expected to hit the low 90s in the Lake Norman area Sunday before more heat and humidity make things even steamier for midweek Independence Day celebrations.
Temperatures in the mid to upper 90s combined with more moisture in the air could lead to heat-index levels topping 105 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday, the forecast service AccuWeather warned Sunday.
"As temperatures soar this week, be sure to check up on individuals who are more vulnerable to heat-induced illnesses," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Buckingham. "Heat-related issues can occur faster than one may expect."
In such extreme conditions, he advised, drink plenty of water, wear light clothing and avoid strenuous activities during the hottest times of the day, typically the midday and afternoon hours.
"Our furry friends are not immune to the heat either, so be sure to tend to your pets," Buckingham added. "Make sure they have plenty of water and if they have to be left outside, try to provide at least a shaded area for them.
AccuWeather noted that 15 children in the U.S. have died from heat stroke after being left in vehicles in 2019.
“Sealed vehicles sitting out in the strong sun can quickly become death traps for children, pets and others without means to open doors,” the weather service noted.
The National Weather Service’s Greenville, S.C., office said in an advisory that severe isolated thunderstorms are possible in the Lake Norman area Sunday afternoon and evening.
For July 4th, high temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s but feel like 102 degrees, AccuWeather said. There also is a 90 percent chance of afternoon storms Thursday.