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The National Weather Service is predicting a sunny Wednesday with highs near 90 degrees, and the hot weather could stick around through the weekend. The weather service also issued an air-quality alert for Wednesday.

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The alert means air quality within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards. The following cities may be affected: Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown and Rehoboth Beach.

Wednesday night lows are predicted to hover just below 70 degrees before sunny weather returns Thursday with highs again near 90. Thursday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 70.

Friday's highs are predicted to come near 87 on another sunny day. There's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. 

The record highs for the Wilmington area are 94 on May 17, 1896; 94 on May 18, 1962; and 95 on May 19, 1962.

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It won't be as hot Saturday, the weather service predicts, with a high near 74 and a mostly cloudy night with a low around 58 degrees. 

The weather service calls for highs near 75 degrees on Sunday with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. 

For more information on current and forecast concentrations of ground-level ozone and fine particulates visit airnow.gov.

Contact Adam Duvernay at (302) 324-2785 or aduvernay@delawareonline.com. 

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