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What’s behind Charlotte’s temperature swings?

WBTV First Alert Weather forecast for 05.13.16

WBTV meteorologist Al Conklin with The Charlotte Observer weather forecast for May 13, 2016.
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WBTV meteorologist Al Conklin with The Charlotte Observer weather forecast for May 13, 2016.

The Charlotte area is likely to experience another wild temperature swing this weekend.

Thursday’s high of 88 was a full 10 degrees above the normal high.

Now get ready for the mercury to gradually fall.

Expected highs Friday and Saturday will remain unseasonably high at a respective 84 and 80. The region has a slight, 30-percent chance of showers Friday, while Saturday and Sunday should be sunny.

Sunday, meanwhile, could see a high of only 72 and Monday 73, according to the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C.

What’s behind the temperature swings?

First, a cold front will move east across the area Friday morning through early afternoon. Drier air is expected to spill into the region Friday afternoon into Saturday, NWS forecasters said.

Second, a reinforcing cold front should arrive from the northwest Saturday night. That will bring an even cooler and drier high pressure system to the area Sunday into Monday.

A moist southerly flow is likely to return through midweek, with steadily increasing shower and thunderstorm chances.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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