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August-like weather headed to Charlotte region

Charlotte has never gone through August without a 90-degree day, according to National Weather Service records, and meteorologists say chances are we’ll hit that mark at least once over the next few days.

We reach the midpoint of August without a 90-degree day in Charlotte, but a warming trend is expected to take hold. That will produce a string of at least six typical summer days, starting Friday, and each of those days will produce a chance to hit or surpass the 90-degree mark.

Cooler-than-average weather has been the norm since July 15, and except for the period of July 23-28, Charlotte has seen a steady string of below-average temperatures.

That included a 59-degree low temperature at the airport Thursday morning – the coolest since it dropped to 58 degrees June 3, and only 2 degrees off the record for the date.

It was even cooler in places nearby, including an almost-autumnlike 53 degrees at Taylorsville and 54 degrees at Statesville.

Here are some of the low temperatures recorded Thursday morning:

53: Taylorsville

54: Statesville, Boone

55: Lincolnton

56: Albemarle

57: Hickory

58: Rutherfordton, Shelby

59: Charlotte, Gastonia, Wadesboro, Lancaster

60: Rock Hill

61: Concord

62: Monroe

64: Chester

For the month, Charlotte is averaging nearly 3 degrees cooler than usual. That was on the heels of a July with readings 1 degree below average. The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg says we’re in the middle of our coolest summer since 2009.

Beginning Friday, the Carolinas will come increasingly under the influence of a more typical summer pattern of southerly winds. High temperatures are forecast to be near 90 degrees each day through at least Wednesday.

Accompanying the return of summer heat will be rain-free conditions. A few showers and thunderstorms are possible Monday and Wednesday afternoons, but most of the area could go without precipitation into the middle of next week.

Normal highs and lows at this time of year are 88 and 68 degrees.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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