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.
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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.