A Bermuda high pressure system will produce sweltering heat and broth-like humidity today, with the potential for severe storms to roll through tonight.
The forecast calls for any thunderstorms that do develop to, "have the potential to be quite strong with significant" wind gusts, frequent lightning and hail, according to the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
Today should see a high just under 99 degrees, the record high for the day set in 1953.
An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday.
The full forecast calls for showers and thunderstorms likely today, mainly after 5 p.m. But the bulk of the day should be partly sunny and hot.
The real story could be the uncomfortable lows. It is not expected to fall below 80 overnight
Thursday looks to be a bit better, with a high of 91 and more potential thunderstorms coming on the heels of a cold front.
The real relief could come for the weekend. Friday's projected high is only 82. Saturday looks to be a beautiful summer day with dry conditions and a high of 84. A high of 87 is forecast for Sunday.