The Charlotte region is approaching the Labor Day weekend with its longest streak of rain-free days in two months, but meteorologists say the dry weather won’t last for everyone over the holiday.
Then again, forecasters aren’t expecting a washout either.
High pressure over the Midwest has kept conditions dry for five straight days, Charlotte’s longest precipitation-free streak since the eight-day period from May 24 to June 1. But forecasters say the high pressure system will budge back to the west over the next two days, allowing weak low pressure systems to begin descending toward the Carolinas.
That will translate into a warm and humid Labor Day weekend with a few thunderstorms around every afternoon and evening. National Weather Service meteorologist John Tomko says the highest chances of storms will be Sunday and Monday.
But not everyone will be rained on, and the storms won’t last more than an hour or two.
Temperatures are expected to approach 90 degrees through Saturday in the Charlotte region, with readings a few degrees cooler in the mountains. Humidity levels will be high. With more cloud cover Sunday and Monday, afternoon highs will reach the upper 80s, forecasters say.
Rainfall chances will be 30 to 40 percent each day, but probabilities will be a bit higher in the mountains.
A change in the pattern is expected late Monday and Tuesday, as a stronger cold front takes aim at the Carolinas. Tomko said the Carolinas are expected to return to conditions in which low pressure dominates the eastern United States. That means cooler temperatures and a stronger chance of showers and storms after Labor Day next week.
Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107
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