The word is out -- North Carolina should be set to sweat this week.
The National Weather Service says temperatures are expected to
climb into the high 90s through the week.
There's no chance of a cool down or break in temperatures expected. Meteorologist Jonathan Blaes says the coming week will be the hottest of the summer, but he adds that it's not unusual for August.
The temperature at Raleigh-Durham International Airport topped out at 96 degrees Saturday afternoon, two degrees shy of the record set last year.
And if the heat isn't a problem, the air will be. An air quality action day has been issued for the Piedmont Triad. The Forsyth County environmental affairs department has issued a Code Orange air quality action day for the region. That means ground level ozone concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.