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Charlotte has 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Thursday

WBTV First Alert Weather forecast for 04.28.16

WBTV meteorologist Al Conklin with The Charlotte Observer weather forecast for April 28, 2016.
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WBTV meteorologist Al Conklin with The Charlotte Observer weather forecast for April 28, 2016.

The Charlotte area has a 50 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Thursday, with the mercury expected to hit 86 for a second straight day. The normal high is 75 degrees.

A light rain was falling in parts of uptown shortly before 7 a.m.

Any chance of rain is expected to disappear overnight, with all sunshine and a high of 87 forecast for Friday.

Showers are likely over the weekend, however, with the chance at 60 percent Saturday night and 70 percent Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C.

Any rain would be welcome in a region with only 8.88 inches of rain since Jan. 1. The normal amount by now is 13.50 inches.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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