Hot, humid weather in store through weekend

LAURINBURG — Following a Tuesday night downpour that skipped some of Scotland County’s northernmost areas but dumped up to 6 inches of rain on others, heat indexes up to 100 degrees are expected as the weekend approaches.

“This is normal for this area, but it being the first one of the year, we just want to remind people of safety tips,” said Gail Heartfield, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “Stay hydrated, stay in air conditioning as much as you can, especially in the early afternoon.”

The hottest day forecast this week is Saturday, with a high of 97 — and no more rain is in sight. Temperatures are expected to hover at around 93 degrees through Tuesday.

As for this week’s thunderstorm? Par for the course for summer, Heartfield said, but unusual in the amount of precipitation, which was anywhere from 3-6 inches in the county’s southernmost areas.

“You probably see that once about every five years,” she said.