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Thanks to May, Charlotte needs a good long drink

A week of mild temperatures and hit-or-miss thunderstorms opens June’s weather, with Charlotte working on a rainfall deficit approaching 3 inches.

Highs through the weekend will moor between the low- to mid-80s, with rain chances ranging from 30 to 50 percent. Monday and Tuesday appear to be the best bets for showers, though isolated storms stay in the National Weather Service’s forecast into next week.

Which is a good thing, because the Piedmont can use a drink – largely because May staggered out with quite the thirst. The month received a little more than a tenth of its normal rainfall – .32 inches in all. What had been a normal precipitation year now is running 2.74 inches in the dry.

Traditionally, June offers some help. Its rainfall average of 3.74 inches makes it Charlotte’s third wettest month, trailing only August (4.21 inches) and March (4.02). June’s average high of 86 marks about a 10 percent jump over May.

June, of course, is home to the summer solstice – the official start of summer and the longest day of the year. On June 21, the Charlotte area will have 14 hours, 32 minutes and three seconds of sunlight. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s 4 hours and 45 minutes longer than the winter solstice in December – the year’s most soft-lit day.

Imperceptibly, the drain-down between light and dark has already begun. Monday will be 57 seconds longer than the last day of May. But that gap will shrink daily through the rest of the month. The solstice, for example, will only be a second longer than June 20. By the end of the month, June 30 will be almost a half a minute shorter than the day before.

Starting mid-month, the daylight will be burning on both ends. The earliest sunrise in June will fall on June 13. By month’s close dawn will enter four minutes later.

Who knew Mother Nature had a snooze button?

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