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When will Charlotte see rain again?

WBTV First Alert Weather forecast for 04.27.16

WBTV meteorologist Al Conklin with The Charlotte Observer weather forecast for April 27, 2016.
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WBTV meteorologist Al Conklin with The Charlotte Observer weather forecast for April 27, 2016.

The Charlotte area can expect a high of 86 Wednesday, 11 degrees above normal for this day of the year.

But the region’s next best shot at rain might not come until Sunday.

Unseasonably high temperatures should stick around through Friday, as an Atlantic high pressure system persists over the Southeast. Thursday could hit 84 and Friday 86 again.

Skies will remain mostly sunny Wednesday, with a slim, 20-percent chance of isolated thunderstorms at night, according to the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C.

Thursday has a better, 50-percent chance of rain. Otherwise, Thursday will remain mostly cloudy, NWS forecasters said.

The chance of rain drops to 20 percent Friday, and Saturday should end up partly sunny.

Showers are likely after 1 p.m. Sunday, with the chance at 60 percent. Early Monday has a 70-percent chance of rain.

Highs are expected to cool to 80 Saturday and 77 Sunday.

Like most of the rest of the state, the Charlotte area is classified by the U.S. Drought Monitor as “abnormally dry.” That’s the first of five drought stages.

Charlotte is about 4 1/2 inches below normal rainfall this year.

The area has seen 8.88 inches of rain since the start of the year, compared with 13.40 normally, according to the weather service.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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