ANOTHER SCORCHER! More heat, humidity Thursday; cooler temps and weekend rain likely

- Another round of heat and humidity as extreme temperatures continue into early September.

FOX 5's Mike Thomas says it will be humid and sticky all day Thursday as highs climb to around 95 degrees. The heat index will make it feel like temperatures are over 100 degrees, he said.

Thomas says a cold front will move into the region bringing noticeably cooler temperatures by Friday. The bad news, he says, is that the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon will combine with the cooler air bringing a weekend of rain.

Heat Safety Tips from NOAA:

Stay hydrated and take break in the shade as often as possible if working outdoors
Check up on the elderly, sick and those without A/C
Never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles
Limit strenuous outdoor activities, find shade and stay hydrated when outside

Looking ahead - Category 4 Hurricane Florence is now a small but very powerful Category 4 hurricane over the open waters of the south central North Atlantic Ocean. Florence is now expected to remain a hurricane through the end of the week, though it will weaken some tomorrow and Friday.

Beyond Friday, Florence will move into an area of more favorable conditions for strengthening and the tropical cyclone should intensify more this weekend, as it moves on a more northwesterly course.

There is a lot of uncertainty with the exact track of Florence in the longer range. It is possible that Florence will track close enough to Bermuda to bring some impacts to the island next week.

It is also possible that Florence tracks west toward the East Coast of the United States next week. Interests in Bermuda and along the East Coast will need to keep a close eye on any changes with Florence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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