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A taste of late summer returns to Charlotte

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It will feel more like Labor Day than early October this week in the Charlotte region, with the return of warm temperatures and a continuation of dry weather.

Afternoon high temperatures are expected to reach the 80s from Tuesday through Friday. Rain chances will be near zero until the weekend, forecasters say.

All of this comes in the wake of the coolest temperature so far this autumn in Charlotte. The thermometer dropped to 51 degrees Monday morning, which was the lowest reading since a 41-degree low May 25.

By afternoon, temperatures rebounded into the middle 70s.

It will be several degrees warmer Tuesday, say forecasters. After another morning low in the 50s, readings are expected to reach the low 80s Tuesday afternoon. The mild weather will be accompanied by plenty of sunshine, meteorologists say.

Afternoon highs will be in the middle 80s by the end of the week.

Average high temperatures at this time of year in Charlotte are in the mid 70s. But this week’s highs will be nowhere near the daily records. It reached 98 degrees on Oct. 6, 1954, and the two preceding days that year saw highs of 95 and 97 degrees.

The summer and early autumn of 1954 were among the hottest years in history for parts of the eastern and central United States.

The next precipitation is expected Saturday or Sunday, as a cold front approaches the region.

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