HEAT WAVE: Temperatures set mark for warmest day of the year

Updated:

WEEKEND: Don't expect much in the way of relief as we head into the upcoming weekend. Temperatures will only drop a degree or two both Saturday and Sunday. 

Widespread showers will be possible  Saturday, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. The strongest storms will have gusty winds.

[DOWNLOAD: Free WSOCTV Weather App for latest forecast]

Sunday will be slightly cooler and less humid, with just an isolated shower or two expected. 

For weekend plans, be sure to limit strenuous activity to early in the day or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Also, take frequent breaks inside and limit the amount of alcohol or caffeine you are drinking.

If exercising in the heat and humidity, your body could lose anywhere from a half liter to a liter of water from sweat, so make sure you drink more water to stay hydrated.

Extended time in the heat and humidity can be dangerous to your health. If you are not taking the necessary precautions to stay cool or are not drinking enough water, you could be at risk for heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion, cramps or heatstroke.

Medic responded to four heat-related incidents in past two days

When you are standing directly in the sunlight, or even on hot pavement, temperatures cab feel higher than 100 degrees, and if you are not careful, the heat and humidity could force you to call 911.

Channel 9 spoke to Medic officials who said they responded to four heat-related incidents in the past two days.

Friday was the hottest day of the year, and the heat and humidity are not going anywhere through the weekend.

Emergency officials want to make sure you are staying safe through the weekend, especially if your plans involve spending time outdoors.

There are also certain signs you can look for if you are starting to feel affected by the heat.

"Heat exhaustion is going (result in) high heart rate, weak pulse, nausea, headache, some dizziness, maybe vomiting as well,” Medic officials said.

Water officials say extreme heat can lead to main water breaks

A north Charlotte road likely won’t reopen until Saturday night because of a hole caused by a water main break.

Repairs off David Cox Road and Sugar Creek Road have been ongoing since Thursday morning.

Water officials said heat in the 90s, day-after-day, can lead to these problems.

The water main break is still causing headaches for drivers in north Charlotte.

There are many factors that could have caused these pipes to burst, including temperature changes.

Friday was the hottest day of the year, as temperatures soared into the middle 90s.

Persistently hot weather can cause the ground to shift more abruptly, in turn causing pipes to shift and potentially break.

With highs staying above average through the weekend, we could see this issue pop up throughout the Charlotte region.

 

One lane remains blocked on David Cox Road.

Weather resources: