Strong storms Thursday, then cooler air next week

Strong thunderstorms are expected in the Charlotte area Thursday as a cold front approaches, but meteorologists say another cold front early next week will deliver the second shot of below-average temperatures this month.

Much of the Carolinas was able to dry out a bit Wednesday, as thunderstorms that have produced flash floods this week were more scattered.

Storm activity is expected to increase again Thursday, however. National Weather Service meteorologists said the storms will be widespread as a cold front moves across the area. Some of the storms could have damaging wind gusts, forecasters said.

“I suspect we will have to contend with several severe thunderstorms,” said Pat Moore, of the Weather Service’s office in Greer, S.C.

The cold front is not expected to produce much in the way of cooler weather Friday, with high temperatures still expected to reach the upper 80s. But the air will be less humid, forecasters said. And those conditions are predicted to continue Saturday.

The real change is expected next week, when a second cold front arrives and ushers in an air mass rolling south from Canada. It could be much like earlier this month, when the Eastern United States got a break from typical July heat, with temperatures around 8 to 10 degrees below average.

“A notably dry and cooler forecast is on tap for Tuesday and Wednesday,” Moore said.

Charlotte could see highs only in the lower 80s around the middle of next week.

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