Extreme heat to continue this weekend, cool down ahead

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Extreme heat will continue across the Piedmont this weekend, with temperatures approaching 100 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.

Record-breaking heat across the Midwest is expected to spread into the eastern US this weekend. However, the heat could back off by early next week.

A cold front will move into North Carolina on Sunday and stall out, according to FOX8 Meteorologist Emily Byrd. The new pattern will bring highs in the 80s and scattered rain to the area by Monday and Tuesday.

Widespread excessive heat warnings and heat advisories have been issued across the Midwest, where daytime temperatures could exceed triple digits.

In addition to heat and humidity, afternoon showers and thunderstorms will be possible across the Southeast.

Hot, stagnant air remaining over the state has also led to another air pollution warning.

State health officials issued a code orange warning for Friday for the Triad and Charlotte.

Authorities warn the main pollutant will be ozone, which forms more easily in hot weather.

Officials are asking people in the warned areas to not burn trash outdoors. They also warn that children, older people and people with breathing problems should stay indoors as a precaution.

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