Several North Carolina cities have set new record high temperatures, including one here in the East.
The National Weather Service said Raleigh broke a 61-year-old record with a reading of 102 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday. The previous high for July 25 was 98 degrees in 1949.
In Charlotte, temperatures reached 101, eclipsing the previous record of 100 degrees set in 1987.
New Bern was a little cooler at 97 degrees, but that surpassed the record of 96 degrees set there in 1949.
Forecasters say the heat is the result of a high pressure system that has brought in warm, moist are from the Southwest. But there is relief on the horizon.
A cold front was forecast to move through central North Carolina Sunday night, bringing a welcome 10-degree drop in temperatures next week.