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Daily dose of 80s this week for Charlotte

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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Thor Dean and his son, Soren, 11, practice playing bongos at Independence Park on Monday, when temperatures reached the upper 80s. They both play in a drum circle.
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    ROBERT LAHSER - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Breana Martin, 5, left, and her sister Samantha Martin, 2, both of Charlotte, dip their toes in the cool water Monday at the waterfall fountain at Independence Park during a visit to the park with their mother, Kathy Martin, as temperatures reached the upper 80s.

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    1st 90-degree day
    Forecasters say Charlotte could get its first 90-degree day of the year Tuesday or Thursday. That would be earlier than most recent years. Here’s the date of the city’s first 90-degree day over the past five years.
    YearDay Temp.
    2013June 1290
    2012May 2590
    2011May 2291
    2010April 690
    2009June 2094



The first full week of May will feel more like summer across the Carolinas, with afternoon temperatures soaring into the 80s every day. Forecasters say the 90-degree mark will be within reach two or three days this week.

After a cold March and a very wet April, this week will be totally different.

High pressure is expected to dominate the Carolinas, for the most part, with temperatures well above average and rainfall nearly nonexistent.

Precipitation chances will be very low until the weekend.

Tuesday’s predicted high temperature in Charlotte is 89 degrees. That will be close to the record for the date, 93 degrees, set in 1950. If the temperature exceeds that forecast high, it also would be the city’s first 90-degree day of the year.

Slightly cooler air is forecast to arrive Wednesday, but highs are still expected to reach the lower 80s. Then it will be back to the upper 80s for Thursday and Friday.

The average high temperature at this time of year is 76 degrees.

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