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High Country, Rest of the State Experience Heat Wave, No Local Records Though

By Jesse Wood

The High Country and, of course, the rest of the state, has been hot!

Boone, for example, has had temperatures in the mid 80’s for the past several days, and temperatures are going to remain in the low-to-mid 80’s for the next several days, according to forecasts by www.RaysWeather.com.

According to historical data that dates back to the ‘30s, the average high temperature for the days of this week is 75 or 76. While the recent heat wave has been considerably higher than that, Boone hasn’t hit record highs for the week, being a few degrees shy for the most part.

Boone nearly reached that mark yesterday with a high of 85.9 degrees at 5:42 p.m., according to archives at www.RaysWeather.com. The record for that day is 86 degrees in 1936.

Atop Beech Mountain, the Beach Mountain Golf Club offers the “Summer of 79” package, which includes a two-night stay and play package. If the temperature recorded by the National Weather Service exceeds 79 degrees, those who purchase the “Summer of 79” package will receive a free round of golf.

Well, that almost happened on Wednesday, when the temperature reached 78.9 degrees.

Here are some of the recent highs around the High Country, according to www.RaysWeather.com:

  • Blowing Rock: 82.6 degrees on Tuesday
  • Foscoe: 85.7 degrees on Wednesday
  • Deep Gap: 85.9 on Thursday
  • Seven Devils: 86 degrees on Wednesday
  • Banner Elk: 83.2 Wednesday
  • Beech Mountain: 78.9 on Wednesday
  • Linville: 82.8 on Monday
  • Newland: 88.4 on Wednesday
  • Sugar Mountain Top: 76.7 on Wednesday
  • Valle Crucis: 86.5 on Wednesday
  • Zionville: 86.4 on Thursday

Other high temperatures around the Carolinas during this recent heat wave, according to the National Weather Service:

  • Charlotte: 98 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Winston-Salem: 94 degrees on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Columbia, S.C.: 101 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday