FALL PREVIEW: Summer-like conditions hold on through next 3 months

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Although seasons may be changing on the calendar, the outlook for the next few months continues to stay the same.

The Charlotte area finished meteorological summer -- which runs from June 1 to Aug. 31 -- as the second warmest summer on record.

The Summer of 2016 also dropped to one of the driest on record, with only 6.25 inches of rain reported -- nearly 5.4 inches below average.

The outlook for meteorological fall (Sept. 1 through Nov. 30) looks very similar, as conditions throughout both North and South Carolina look to stay warm and dry.

Typically, the autumn months bring 9.78 inches of rain to the Queen City, but the outlook for the next three months keeps conditions staying at or slightly below average for precipitation.

Drought conditions will have to be monitored leading into the following weeks, as many counties in the Carolinas are currently reporting "D0," or abnormally dry conditions.

The blazing conditions will also linger into the fall season, with temperatures expected to stay above average not just in the Carolinas, but through much of the East Coast. Temperatures normally stay in the 70s and 80s through September, dropping into the 50s and 60s by the end of November.

Looking ahead to the second week of September, these dry and warm conditions will continue, as temperatures stay in the low 90s. By Sunday, 2016 will likely move into the top 5 for the number of 90 degree days in a year.

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