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Storms could affect Labor Day fun, travel

Whether you’re driving back to Charlotte after an out-of-town Labor Day holiday weekend trip, or if you’re in the Charlotte area and running errands today, you won’t find any major weather problems at midday.

Fog that blanketed the region Monday morning has lifted, and sky conditions range from sunny in the mountains and foothills, to cloudy in the immediate Charlotte area.

National Weather Service meteorologists expect sunshine to overtake the entire area over the next hour or two, but clouds are predicted to re-develop Monday afternoon, leading to the development of showers and thunderstorms later in the day.

Motorists headed back to Charlotte can expect to encounter storms – after about 2 p.m. in the mountains, and after 4 or 5 p.m. in the lower elevations.

Temperatures are forecast to reach 90 degrees Monday, with high humidity levels. The heat index will be in the mid to upper 90s during the early and mid afternoon hours. By mid to late afternoon, thunderstorms are expected to develop. The storms likely will start in the mountains and then move into the foothills and Piedmont later in the day.

Parts of the Charlotte area got an early taste of the thunderstorm activity. A cluster of showers and storms formed about 2 a.m. south of Charlotte and moved across York and Lancaster counties in South Carolina and southern Mecklenburg, Union and Anson counties in North Carolina. The storms produced vivid lightning and heavy rain, but there were no reports of storm damage.

A few storms might persist into the nighttime hours late Monday and early Tuesday, and then more heat, humidity and afternoon storms are forecast for Tuesday.

By Wednesday, a weak cold front is predicted to cross the area and bring slightly cooler and drier conditions. Highs will be in the mid 80s, with little or no chance of thunderstorms.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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