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After a brief break, Charlotte’s summer returns

A two-day break from heat and humidity has ended, and the Charlotte area goes back to more typical summer weather Tuesday.

High pressure that brought relatively cool conditions to the region Sunday and Monday has moved off the East Coast. That is bringing a more southerly flow into the Carolinas, which means warmer temperatures and more humid air.

A very weak cold front is forecast to move into the area Tuesday, bringing a small chance of thunderstorms. Otherwise, the Charlotte area will get mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 80s.

That is a big change from Sunday and Monday, when highs only reached the upper 70s. Overnight temperatures also will climb. Charlotte recorded a 52-degree low Monday, and the temperature fell to 58 degrees Tuesday morning at the airport.

For the rest of the week, morning lows will only fall to the mid and upper 60s.

“Temperatures are moderating back to normal,” said Lauren Visin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C.

Wednesday could be the hottest day so far this year in Charlotte, with mostly sunny skies, humid conditions, and highs in the low 90s.

Another cold front is predicted to arrive Thursday, bringing a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms. Some computer models indicate severe thunderstorms could erupt Thursday afternoon, but the Weather Service’s meteorologists say that will depend on how unstable the atmosphere is across the western Carolinas on Thursday.

The weekend looks partly sunny and quite warm, with daily highs in the upper 80s.

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