• OZONE ALERT: Code Orange in effect for hottest day of the year

    By: Keith Monday

    Updated:

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Monday started the first of many days over 90 degrees that the Charlotte region will have to endure this week -- and the mercury will climb even higher Tuesday, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

    The higher temps will lead to at least a few isolated storms Tuesday afternoon. Those downpours could linger into the evening for a few neighborhoods. Strong downpours, lightning and some wind are the main threats.

    Storm chances may ease up a bit Wednesday and Thursday as even more heat builds in.

    As highs warm to the mid-90s, this week may end up being the hottest weather the Charlotte area has experienced in two summers.

    Temperatures over 90 degrees will last well into the weekend as storm chances return.

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