Heat wave brings potentially record high temperatures

Published 6:29 pm Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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Polk County heat index reaches 103

POLK COUNTY––Throughout Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina, communities are experiencing record temperatures. Temperatures reached high 90s and low 100s. The heat index reached 103 by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, and higher elevations in the mountains reached a heat index of 98.

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A Heat Advisory in Polk County on Tuesday warned the heat index could reach 108.


The record high temperature in Polk County history was in Tryon on June 22, 1964, when the temperature reached 105 degrees.


The high temperature for Tryon on Tuesday was 92 degrees, the day that caused the most concern. According to the North Carolina Climate Office, the second highest recorded temperature in Tryon for June 14 was 96 degrees in the year 2000. In 1964, the high temperature in Tryon for June 14 was 99 degrees.


Precautions and preparations for Polk County residents were advised, such as drinking water, staying out of the sun, and checking on neighbors and relatives. Children were advised to stay indoors, as well as pets, and should not be left in vehicles under any circumstance.


Tuesday’s Heat Advisory was in effect from 12 p.m. to 8 p. m.