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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Today could be the hottest day of 2014 and if it isn't it will certainly feel like it.

This afternoon, the mercury is expected to reach the mid-90s with a heat index or feels-like temperature in the upper 90s to near 100.

The hottest day so far was July 15th when the Charlotte airport recorded a temperature of 96 degrees. The average high temperature for today's date is 87 and the record is 101 set back in 2007, so we should be surprised by the current heat wave.

A cold front will approach the area from the northeast later Saturday bringing with it scattered showers and thunderstorms.

The cooler weather behind the front will arrive Sunday ending the current heat wave. High temperatures Sunday and next week will be in the 80s along with lower humidity.

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