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It’s 90, for first time in July

It took half a month, but Charlotte finally got its first 90-degree day of July on Tuesday.

The thermometer hit the 90-degree mark at 2 p.m. and is expected to climb a few more degrees before the afternoon is finished. It is only the fifth 90-degree day of the year, in a city that averages about 35 or 40 such days annually.

Forecasters say they expect 90s for highs in Charlotte through Thursday or Friday, but our brief run of dry weather could be in jeopardy sooner than earlier thought.

A weak area of low pressure over eastern Virginia could swing southwest across North Carolina during the afternoon and evening hours, according to meteorologists. That would spawn scattered thunderstorms, and some of the storms might reach the Charlotte area – especially from Charlotte eastward – before the storms dissipate tonight with the loss of daytime heating.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., says conditions might allow for some of Tuesday evening’s storms to become quite strong, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. But the most likely area for such activity would be across northeast and central North Carolina.

A few scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms are expected again Wednesday and Thursday in the Charlotte region.

Persistent rainfall and clouds have kept temperatures below their typical sizzling levels in Charlotte during the past few weeks. There were four 90-degree days in June, on the 12th, 13th, 26th and 28th, but highs in July have been only in the 80s.

National Weather Service meteorologists say they expect a fairly persistent pattern for the next five to seven days, with afternoon highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s and afternoon and evening thunderstorms.

Lyttle: 704-618-4456. Twitter: @slyttle
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