Midweek break from heat wave

A midweek cooldown is in our forecast, but it will be accompanied by cloudy skies and humid conditions.

Cloudy or not, the cooler weather will mark an end to a September heat wave that has been sent afternoon high temperatures to or above the 90-degree mark over the weekend. The hot weather will continue today, with highs expected in the lower 90s and little chance of precipitation in the Charlotte metro region.

A cold front moving toward our area will begin marking changes Tuesday.

The front is forecast to set off showers and thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening, after a day when high temperatures reach the upper 80s.

Wednesday and Thursday will feature cloudy skies, a few showers or drizzle, and a chilly northeast breeze. Highs each day will stay in the 70s.

By Friday or Saturday, that condition will change back to a more typical September pattern – with partly cloudy skies and highs in the middle 80s.

There is no sign that any precipitation from Hurricane Ike will be a factor in Carolinas weather for at least the next week, if at all.