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Charlotte’s break from heat has ended, forecasters say

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David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
Stewart Tate of Charlotte helps to guide his son, Guy, 4, in ridding a bicycle while enjoying the weather at Freedom Park on Sunday, July 6, 2014.

The Carolinas’ brief respite from hot and humid summer weather has ended, meteorologists say.

We’ll be back in the 90s this week, with high humidity and an increasing chance of thunderstorms each day.

High pressure with unusually low humidity and temperatures produced beautiful weather across the Carolinas for the Fourth of July weekend. Charlotte’s low temperature Saturday of 60 degrees was 8 degrees below average for the date and just 3 degrees above the July 5 record.

It dropped into the upper 40s both Saturday and Sunday mornings in parts of the North Carolina mountains.

“It was a very pleasant and brief experience,” said John Tomko, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C. “Now we’ll return to the type of conditions we usually see.”

Forecasters expect a high Monday of 90 degrees, and then afternoon readings will climb a few degrees both Tuesday and Wednesday. Moist air will increase over the next few days, and that will bring a return chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday.

“By Thursday, precipitation chances will be pretty high,” Tomko said.

Meanwhile, meteorologists say they are watching an area of disturbed weather off the Florida coast, the same place where Hurricane Arthur formed last week. This time, though, forecasters say upper-level winds likely will disrupt tropical storm formation and they say there is only a 10 percent chance of the system becoming organized.

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