CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Local temperatures have been above 90 degrees five days this year.
Four of those days have been in the past week, and yet another was being predicted for today.
The temperatures have been like a stepladder of misery.
Monday's high in Charleston hit 91, followed by a Tuesday high of 92, a Wednesday high of 93 and then a Thursday high of 94.
"We've continually gotten one degree warmer from July 15th through today," said Tim Axford, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston.
The trend should break today, when a high of around 90 is forecast.
"I guess you could call it that," Axford said.
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The long stretch of sizzle prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for much of the region.
"The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible," the weather service statement warned.
The warning continued, "Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside."
The heat wave is part of a scorcher stretching across the central and eastern United States.
About 130 million people are sweltering through the heat wave in the Midwest and Northeast this week, AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski told USA Today.
Heat advisories and warnings are in place from the Dakotas to New England.
In Charleston, the heat prompted county officials to hand out water in Slack Plaza near the Kanawha Valley Regional Transit Mall around lunchtime Thursday.
KRT also parked one of its buses at the transit mall to function as a cooling center.