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Summer-like heat for Charlotte today

Wasn’t it just last Thursday when snow was falling in northern North Carolina and afternoon temperatures were in the middle and upper 30s across the Charlotte region?

It might seem like ancient history to Charlotte-area residents Wednesday afternoon, with National Weather Service meteorologists predicting readings in the middle and upper 80s.

This afternoon’s temperatures aren’t expected to threaten the record for the date, 90 degrees, set in 2001. But today likely will be the warmest afternoon in Charlotte since it hit 85 degrees last Sept. 28.

And temperatures could reach the upper 80s in areas southeast of Charlotte.

High pressure continues to dominate the region, holding very stormy weather across the Midwest at bay.

Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are posted for a broad area stretching from northern Texas into the Great Lakes. And later this week, there could be a day when temperatures are in the low 50s in New York but the low 80s in Washington.

Here in the Carolinas, we’re expected to escape those extremes, although an approaching cold front could bring a few gusty thunderstorms into the region Thursday night.

After today’s warm weather, clouds are forecast to thicken gradually Thursday as the front approaches. A few showers are possible in the afternoon, but high temperatures are still expected to reach the lower 80s. Showers and storms are likely late Thursday night and early Friday. The chance of severe storms will be lessened, because the heaviest activity will cross the Charlotte region in the middle of the night.

Showers are forecast to end Friday morning, followed by clearing and pleasant conditions.

Highs on Friday are predicted to hit the upper 70s, with lower 70s and sunshine forecast for Saturday and Sunday. The outlook is for a return to 80-degree weather by early next week.

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