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Charlotte region gets an early taste of spring

Students from the State University of New York at Syracuse – including Alex Arams, left, Matt Tramantano, in red shirt, and Elyna Grapstein, right – take time out on the green at Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte to enjoy Monday’s warm weather. The students and a professor had missed a flight at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and were scheduled to fly back to New York on Monday night. Part of the school’s college of environmental science and forestry, they had been on a trip to Costa Rica.
Students from the State University of New York at Syracuse – including Alex Arams, left, Matt Tramantano, in red shirt, and Elyna Grapstein, right – take time out on the green at Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte to enjoy Monday’s warm weather. The students and a professor had missed a flight at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and were scheduled to fly back to New York on Monday night. Part of the school’s college of environmental science and forestry, they had been on a trip to Costa Rica. mhames@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte region is getting an early taste of spring this week, with sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures.

Monday’s high was 81 degrees, and Tuesday is forecast to be 79, according to the National Weather Service.

Winter’s not done yet, however; temperatures will start dropping Wednesday.

Thursday – the last day of the season – will be dreary with a high of just 47 degrees, according to the NWS.

Thursday is “going to be one of those days where it’s going to be thick, overcast, rainy and windy,” said Neil Dixon, a NWS meteorologist. “There will be kind of a steady wind out of the northeast all day.” Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

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