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Taste of autumn this weekend for Carolinas

An outbreak of autumn weather is headed for the Carolinas this weekend, but forecasters say we’ll have to endure a few more days of summertime first.

Temperatures climbed into the upper 80s once again Tuesday afternoon, as the spell of dry and warm weather continued across the region. After rain fell on more than 50 percent of the days in June and July, there has been precipitation in Charlotte only three of the past 18 days.

More dry weather is forecast Wednesday, with highs again approaching 90 degrees.

By Thursday, a cold front is expected to approach the region, but forecasters say only a few showers and thunderstorms are expected. Once again, highs will be in the upper 80s.

The air mass is predicted to start changing Friday, after the front pushes south of the Charlotte region. Highs in the lower 80s are expected, but the real change will be Saturday and Sunday.

High pressure from Canada is expected to dominate our region for the weekend. Highs on Saturday and Sunday are forecast only in the mid-70s, about 10 degrees below average for this time of year. Sunday morning’s lows are predicted to be in the mid-50s.

“It will be a spectacular weekend,” said Bryan McAvoy of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C.

“In the mountain valleys, minimum temperatures in the middle and upper 40s will actually feel chilly,” McAvoy added.

A gradual warming trend will take hold Monday, McAvoy said, with afternoon highs climbing back into the 80s.

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