Typical Carolinas summer weather, which has been atypical in recent weeks, has arrived for the Labor Day weekend and beyond, forecasters say.
That means we can expect temperatures in the 90s, increasing humidity and a daily chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms from Sunday into next week.
After several days of below-average temperatures, the thermometer climbed past the 90-degree level Thursday across the Charlotte region. A weak cold front pushed southward from Virginia to near the Interstate 40 corridor, but National Weather Service meteorologists said they expect the front to retreat northward or dissipate by Friday.
That sets the stage for a warm Labor Day weekend.
“The weekend looks like a return to midsummer weather conditions,” said Pat Moore of the Weather Service’s office in Greer, S.C.
Friday and Saturday are expected to be mostly dry, with daily highs in the lower 90s. By late Saturday or Sunday, Moore said, enough moisture will creep back into the Carolinas for thunderstorms to develop. That will also create humid conditions for the latter part of the weekend.
Similar weather is forecast for the Carolinas beaches and mountains.
This weekend’s weather marks a contrast with conditions across the region since mid-July. Several cold fronts have kept temperatures below average for lengthy periods of late July and August.
The summerlike weather won’t end after Labor Day. Forecasters expect daily highs near 90 degrees and a chance of thunderstorms through at least Wednesday, and possibly for a few days beyond that.