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FORECAST: Even hotter for Friday

Higher storm chances this weekend and cooler weather next week.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tonight:

Maybe a few isolated storms in the mountains early. Then turning clear and warm with a few areas of patchy fog. Low temperatures will drop into the upper 60s to around 70°. It will feel like mid-summer. 

Friday:

Storms clear overnight allowing for a much drier day on Friday. However, tomorrow will break a record high for May 20. The forecast high will be near 96-97° with would break the record of 95 degrees set back in 1964.

Additionally, if we get above 96 degrees, it would be the hottest day since October 2019. Yes, the hottest day in about 2.5 years. The last time Charlotte hit 97 degrees (or higher) was Oct. 4, 2019.

This Weekend:

This weekend will feel more like summer than spring for our region. Saturday will remain in the mid-90s, although no broken records are expected. There will be a good chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms by late Saturday afternoon. The chance of storms is near 40%.

Highs Sunday will peak in the low 90s and are still well above average for this time of year. There will be a higher chance of thunderstorms, some could be strong late in the day as a cold front tries to move in from the west. The chance of rain is 60%. 

Next week:

Cooler and wetter weather will move in after the Sunday cold front. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will feature partly cloudy skies and highs only in the mid to upper 70s. There will be higher chances of afternoon and evening showers and storms each day. The chance of rain will hover around 40-60% for most of the start of the week. 

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