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Unsettled weekend possible for Charlotte area

Forecasters say the Charlotte area could be in for a wet weekend.

A slow-moving weak low pressure system is expected to move across the Southeast, bringing an increased chance of showers and thunderstorms to the region, especially Friday and Saturday.

The Carolinas got a break from the typical summer menu of afternoon and evening thunderstorms Thursday, as slightly drier air worked into the area. That will change Friday, forecasters say.

Thunderstorm activity is expected to increase in the afternoon, then resume again Saturday. Storm chances will be a bit lower Sunday, which likely will be the nicest day of the weekend.

Larry Gabric, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service’s office in Greer, S.C., said rainfall could become excessive in spots Saturday. He said computer models indicate “the North Carolina Foothills and North Carolina Piedmont are in play for some significant rainfall and the potential for some flash flooding.”

Conditions will be humid throughout the weekend, although clouds are expected to limit high temperatures to the upper 80s Saturday and Sunday.

A return to more typical summer weather – a 30 percent chance of late-afternoon storms – is forecast for next Monday and Tuesday.

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