Another day of 90-degree-plus conditions is forecast for the Charlotte region Tuesday, accompanied by a few more of the thunderstorms that rattled parts of the area Monday.
Meteorologists say temperatures likely will exceed 90 degrees every day this week, with mid 90s predicted from Wednesday through Friday.
And once again, an air quality alert is posted for the Charlotte area, including Mecklenburg, Union, Gaston, Lincoln, Cabarrus and Rowan counties. Forecasters say ozone levels could reach unhealthy levels.
Weak high pressure off the Southeast coast is pumping warm and somewhat humid air into the Carolinas. Charlotte had a high of 91 degrees Monday, and National Weather Service meteorologist Neil Dixon said, “High temperatures (Tuesday) will range 1 to 4 degrees warmer than Monday.”
Charlotte’s heat was cut short Monday afternoon when thunderstorms formed in the foothills and rumbled into the western Piedmont. The storms dropped large hail in the Shelby area, and warnings were issued for Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln, Gaston and Cleveland counties.
Clouds from the storms moved into Charlotte during the late afternoon, holding temperatures to the low 90s.
Areas east and southeast of Charlotte had mostly sunny skies, and high temperatures were warmer – 96 degrees in Fayetteville, and 95 in Wadesboro and Rockingham.
A few thunderstorms are expected to develop again Tuesday afternoon across the region, but they will be widely scattered.
Meteorologists expect a slow rise in temperatures during the week, with highs in the mid 90s, especially Thursday and Friday. A weak cold front will approach the region by the weekend, and that will serve two purposes – holding high temperatures to the low 90s and increasing thunderstorm chances.