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Charlotte weather to improve slightly Thursday

The second full day of autumn was just like the first was in Charlotte, forecasters say.

That means we are getting chilly temperatures, periods of light to moderate showers, clouds and a cool northeast breeze.

If it’s not the weather you want, blame it on a low pressure system parked off the Carolinas coast. The system is sending precipitation inland, and the clouds are helping keep a lid on temperatures.

In fact, the temperature at Charlotte Douglas International Airport remained in the 50s for about 20 hours before hitting 60 degrees late Wednesday morning. Several waves of showers have moved through the area during the day Wednesday.

Forecasters expect a break in the shower activity by Wednesday afternoon, but the clouds, northeast breeze and cool temperatures are predicted to remain. Highs probably won’t be much above the low 60s, meteorologists said.

Rainfall so far has been light. About one-tenth of an inch has been measured at the airport in Charlotte. The heaviest total in Mecklenburg County has been two-thirds of an inch, at Elon Homes in Ballantyne.

Slow improvement is predicted to begin Thursday, with some breaks of sun and highs reaching the low 70s. But a chance of a few showers will remain in the forecast.

Drier conditions are expected Friday through Sunday, with daytime highs near 80 degrees and morning lows in the mid 50s.

Low pressure is predicted to develop Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and spread a soaking rain into the Charlotte region sometime Monday, forecasters said.

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