Forecast Details for Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, NC

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. Light southwest wind.
Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Heat index values as high as 104. West southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 3pm and 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 101. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. South southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. High near 92. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Saturday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am, then a chance of showers. Low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Sunday: Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Sunday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 69.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 92.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.
Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

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