FORECAST: Heat, humidity stick around as storm chances build through week

FORECAST: Heat, humidity stick around as storm chances build through week
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Tuesday afternoon forecast update from meteorologist Keith Monday

Local Forecast Outlook:

  • It was quiet and calm around Charlotte Tuesday morning, with some low clouds in place early
  • Today will be similar to Monday, though those early clouds have slowed the warm up
  • Highs will still touch 90 degrees, with a heat index at least in the upper 90s
  • Storm chances will stay low Tuesday but they will ramp up for the rest of the week
  • Severe weather is not expected but we will see some heavy downpours
  • Temperatures will drop a touch, into the upper 80s through the weekend

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Mecklenburg County activates plan to help people stay cool during extreme heat

As summer temperatures continue to rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mecklenburg County, in partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office and homeless service providers, is working to ensure that residents remain safe and are able to seek refuge from extreme weather conditions.

The plan will open cooling stations following CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and will make available county and community partner resources to help beat the heat.

In collaboration with Salvation Army Center of Hope, Roof Above has erected a large tent on its campus at 945 N. College Street to provide shade to anyone seeking respite from the heat utilizing social distancing guidelines, along with misting stations, fans, water fountains and chairs. Roof Above has also extended its Day Center hours to 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Face coverings are required and are available to those who need them.

Both shelters will continue to utilize social distancing hotels provided by Mecklenburg County to help shelter individuals who are most vulnerable, including individuals over 60 years old with underlying health conditions.

Park and Recreation is providing fans to individuals aged 60 and older, and those aged 18-59, who receive disability income, while supplies last. Individuals are required to show a valid driver’s license or State ID providing proof of age and a current Mecklenburg County address when picking up a fan.

Distribution Locations for fans:

  • Albemarle Road Recreation Center 5027 Idlewild Road North, Mint Hill, NC 28227 (980) 314-1011
  • Bette Rae Thomas Center 2921 Tuckaseegee Road Charlotte, NC 28208 (980) 314-1111
  • Mallard Creek Recreation Center 2530 Johnston-Oehler Road Charlotte, NC 28269 (980) 314-1121
  • Methodist Home Recreation Center 3200 Shamrock Drive Charlotte, NC 28215 (980) 314-1105
  • Southview Recreation Center 1720 Vilma Street Charlotte, NC 28208 (980) 314-1105
  • Tyvola Senior Center 2225 Tyvola Road Charlotte, NC 28210 (980) 314-1320

The Department of Social Services (DSS) will now deliver free fans to individuals aged 60 and older, and those aged 18-59 who receive disability income, during an extreme heat event. To register, call the DSS JUST1Call line at 704-432-1111 Monday through Friday, or 980-314-7018 on the weekends.

DSS is also working with Crisis Assistance Ministries (CAM) to help seniors and adults with disabilities connect with the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) for utility and rent assistance. Curbside rent and utility assistance are available for Mecklenburg County residents at 500-A Spratt St., Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Payments are made directly to the landlord or utility company. Seniors and adults with disabilities who are unable to go to CAM themselves, should contact 704-432-1111 and a DSS social worker will provide assistance.

Park and Recreation spray grounds are closed due to CDC guidelines. Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center (2014 Statesville Ave., Charlotte, 704-334-0308) is open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The Aquatic Center (800 East M.L.K. Jr. Blvd., Charlotte, 980-314-3483) is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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