It's going to be another scorcher today, with high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s.
There is a potential to establish a new record high for the day, the National Weather Service said in its morning Hazardous Weather Outlook. The current record is 97 degrees set in 1941. The record for Thursday is 99 degrees set in 1991.
Heat indices should be around 100 degrees today and tomorrow, the service said.
This mini heat wave likely will put the Norfolk area in the top spot for the highest monthly average for May. The record is 73.6 degrees set last year. So far, heading into the end of the month, the average has been 72.9 degrees.
Relief should come Friday, the service said, when temperatures drop into the mid to upper 80s. Temperatures are forecast to remain in the low to mid 80s for at least a week.
There is a chance of rain starting Friday evening, extending through Sunday. Forecasters are calling for approximately ¾-inch of rain total through the weekend.
May has been especially dry, with just 2.16 inches total recorded at Norfolk International Airport — the official recording station for the area.